BNIC's Operation
BNIC's Operation
The BNIC functions within a legal framework approved by a ministerial decision of July 24, 1989 modified.
The Plenary Meeting
The Plenary Assembly is the BNIC’s decision-making body. It is made up of 34 members, of which:
  • 17 represent the wine growers,

    and
  • 17 represent the Cognac firms.

These 34 members hold a vote each. The president of the Plenary Assembly is elected for three years.
The following are also represented at the Assembly, but in an advisory capacity only:
  • related professions such as nurserymen, coopers, brokers, etc.

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The Standing Committee
It is the BNIC's executive body, and is made up of 7 cognac growers and 7 cognac companies, members of the Plenary Meeting (including the President).

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Specialized Work Commissions
Appointed by the Plenary Meeting, these commissions are in charge of analyzing in detail the actions carried out by the Interprofession and justifying their work to the Standing Committee. These Commissions are made up of Cognac Growers and Cognac Companies:
  • Promotion of the Appellation
  • Technical commission

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Additionally, work teams are set up according current affairs.
The Standing Committee designates two referents by field of activities of the BNIC:
  • Budget and Finances ;
  • Legal Affairs ;
  • Production ;
  • Wine Economy ;
  • Interface between Merchants & Wine growers including local communication within the Delimited Area.


BNIC Departments
With over a hundred collaborators, the BNIC carries out its activities in the following fields:
- scientific research;
- statistical analysis and marketing;
- the study and follow up of regulations around the world (assistance to viticulture and the fight against imitations).

The BNIC is also involved in public service missions:
- the control of Cognac movements;
- ageing accounts ;
- and the issuance of Cognac certificates, which give proof of Cognac age and origin.

It maintains good relations not only with all the professions directly associated to Cognac, but also with French and European administrations, international organizations, world scientific institutions, the national and international media, and sale and consumption venues.

These activities are carried out by the BNIC departments, which are organized in specialized teams to respond in an efficient manner to the demands of professionals and to the missions they are entrusted with.

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