European Commission Launches Public Consultation on GI Protection of Non-Agricultural Products

Jul 31 2014 - 12:45

The European Commission has recently announced the launch of a public consultation on a possible extension of geographical indication (GI) protection to non-agricultural products at the EU level.

“Agricultural products (e.g. cheeses, wines, meats, fruits and vegetables) from a specific geographical origin possessing certain qualities or made according to traditional methods may be afforded EU-wide GI protection (e.g. Parmesan cheese). However, non-agricultural products (e.g. ceramics, marble, cutlery, shoes, tapestries, musical instruments) do not to date enjoy unitary GI protection at EU level beyond national laws,” it is stated in European Commission’s press release on this subject.

All citizens, organizations and public authorities are invited to contribute their comments and suggestions until October 28, 2014.

Prepared by: Jelena Jankovic

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Source: The European Commission

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