The EU sets out a list of GI products
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CTA. 2003. The EU sets out a list of GI products. Agritrade, October 2003. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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A short list of a further 41 products for which the EU is seeking protection...
A short list of a further 41 products for which the EU is seeking protection under its proposal for an international regime on Geographical Indications (GIs) was approved by member states on August 28th 2003. The EU wants to see WTO negotiation on GIs focus on: the establishment of a multilateral register of GIs (TRIPS); the extension of the protection agreed for wines and spirits to other products (TRIPS); the claw back of certain EU GIs whose names are usurped worldwide (Agriculture). The names on the list were selected on the basis of the fact that in many third countries they are claimed to be generic terms and/or have been registered as trademarks by local producers. It focuses on the products where abuse has been most common and the market is most important. The EU maintains that it is in the general interest to ensure that export products whose reputation and/or characteristics and quality are linked to their unique origin are protected from the use of that denomination by other producers in other parts of the world. The EU argues that consumer demand for such specialist products is such as to provide 'sound business opportunities for producers all over the world'. Comment: Geographical indications enhance the economic value of products so classified. This forms an integral part of EU efforts to shift agricultural production from bulk products to quality products and forms an important component of EU plans to maintain farm incomes in the less favoured regions of the EU.