The Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins de Provence has been recognized by the public authorities as an inter-professional organization of collective interest, in accordance with Articles l.632-1 et seq. of the French Rural Code, as well as in the European Community Code. Its members are winemakers and wine merchants from the Côtes de Provence, Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence and Coteaux Varois en Provence AOCs. The Council is pursuing general goals:
- to reinforce the strength of the wine industry in France;
- to increase its members means of action and financial resources;
- to promote the special features of each appellation.
All the CIVP's decisions are made by professional representatives of winemakers and merchants. There are several levels of decision-making bodies:
25 delegates from production and 25 from trade.
The GA defines the CIVP's policies and general objectives, votes on its by-laws, internal rules and regulations, inter-professional agreements and inter-professional dues. It approves the financial statements and votes on the CIVP's budget. It elects the Chair of the CIVP and its Board Members.
8 volunteer members, with equal representation of production and trade, proportional to each appellation, who are elected by the General Assembly. The Chair of the Board alternates every three years between production and trade.
It executes or has others execute the missions and programmes defined by the General Assembly, under the approved budget. It monitors the CIVP's regular operations and administrative management.
Appellation Committees for each AOC
Each Appellation Committee (Côtes de Provence, Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence and Coteaux Varois en Provence) has the same number of members from production as from trade. The members are appointed by the professional organizations that represent the AOC in question.
Each committee defines its own specific policies in terms of orientations, budget and programmes, which are then submitted to the General Assembly for approval. They also recommend special dues levels to the GA.
The four Standing Committees – Promotion in France, Promotion of Exports, Economics, and Quality Monitoring – work on actions common to all three AOCs.
The Standing Committees have equal production/trade representation and are co-chaired by a winemaker and a merchant.
The CIVP's missions are approved by the industry's professional representatives, reviewed by the public authorities and implemented by a team of 18 people. They are built on four pillars:
ECONOMY Knowledge of supply and demand and market regulations;
TECHNIQUES Research and experimentation, thanks in particular to a partnership with the Centre du Rosé;
QUALITY Quality monitoring to check and improve the quality of wines when they reach the market;
COMMUNICATION collective communication about and promotion of wines from the three appellations, in France and abroad.