About: geographical indications

Agrifood 23-08-2017

US objects to EU-China quality food labelling pact

Trade agreement between Beijing and Brussels on geographical indications is likely to stumble on registered trademarks and US meddling. EURACTIV Italy reports.

Agrifood 17-08-2017

Commission open to member states’ push to protect quality foods in China

The European Commission will not block member states’ attempts to sue China over its use of counterfeit trademarks and has insisted a future bilateral deal with the Asian superpower will bring “significant benefits” for Europe’s quality food producers.

Agrifood 11-08-2017

EU member states to take China to court over fake geographical indications

Eight member states of the European Union will take legal action against China over 25 counterfeit trademarks on the Chinese market that mislead consumers on the origin of products protected by the EU's geographical indications.

Agrifood 09-08-2017

Athens to seek geographical protection for ‘Greek yoghurt’

The Greek ministry of agriculture will push for a geographical protection for “Greek yogurt” considering the rising consumer demand as well as the recent dispute with Prague.

Agrifood 27-07-2017

EU-China special products pact offers bright future for Europe’s exports

In June, the EU and China published a list of 200 European and Chinese geographical indications (GIs) that are protected on their respective markets, as part of a bilateral deal that should be concluded by December. EURACTIV’s partner Italia Oggi reports.

Agrifood 26-07-2017

Quality food secures Spain’s place in globalised market

Spain is an agricultural powerhouse: agri-food products account for 20% of the country’s exports. And if there is one thing keeping Spanish farmers competitive in the age of globalisation it is the quality of their products. EURACTV’s partner EFEAgro reports.

Agrifood 25-07-2017

Portugal’s ‘vinho verde’ producers seek EU protection for demarcated regions

The ‘vinhos verdes’ (green wines) of northwestern Portugal have no direct international competitors, but their producers nevertheless want the European Union to safeguard the regional demarcations in its trade accords with foreign markets, local officials said. EURACTIV’s partner Lusa reports.

Agrifood 24-07-2017

Quality schemes help EU producers break new markets

The promotion of geographical indications (GI) has helped EU products attract new emerging markets which seek quality food. However, Europol warns that fake GI products are on the rise across the EU and policymakers should not disregard the protection of intellectual rights.

Agrifood 20-07-2017

Italy demands origin labels for pasta and rice

All packets of pasta and rice sold in Italy will have to include labels of origin showing where the produce was grown, the government ruled on Thursday (20 July), in a move it said was aimed at protecting local farmers.

Agrifood 16-03-2017

EU moves to avoid repeat of horse meat scandal

The EU yesterday (15 March) toughened oversight of the food industry in Europe, including unannounced inspections, as MEPs approved legislation to prevent a repeat of a horse meat scandal.

Agrifood 27-02-2017

Brexit churns unease for Britain’s speciality cheese

In the rolling countryside of southwest England, farmer Charles Martell is tending to his rare breed of cattle while two of his dairy workers get to work making Single Gloucester cheese – a British delicacy that is protected under EU law. For now.

Trade & Society 06-10-2016

French MPs decide not to block CETA

The French parliament’s European affairs committee has rejected a resolution calling on France to block the ratification of CETA, just days before Prime Minister Manuel Valls is due to visit Canada. EURACTIV France reports.

Agrifood 05-10-2016

Commission tells Czechs Greek yoghurt is ‘Greek’

The use of the term “Greek yoghurt” for products produced outside Greece deceives consumers and creates unfair competition, the European Commission said, ending a spat between Athens and Prague.

Agrifood 29-09-2016

Welsh whisky wades into precarious Brexit world

EU rules are set to allow Wales to call itself a whisky producing nation, as the country prepares for the opening of its second distillery. But it is venturing into an industry that faces immense uncertainty because of the Brexit vote.

Development Policy 15-09-2016

MEPs approve trade deal with six African states – nine years late

A trade deal with six developing African countries was agreed yesterday (14 September) by the European Parliament – some nine years behind schedule.

Agrifood 19-07-2016

Commission warns Prague about ‘Greek-style’ yoghurt use

The use of “Greek yoghurt” labeling in a Czech Republic draft bill has angered the Syriza-led Greek government  - which has urged the Commission to intervene.

Trade & Society 13-05-2016

Greece to block TTIP unless geographical indications are protected

EXCLUSIVE / The Greek government is ready to veto the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the US and the EU unless it ensures increased protection for key agricultural geographical indicators.

Trade & Society 02-05-2016

France, US exchange warnings over agriculture in trade pact

French President François Hollande threatened on Sunday (1 May) to reject the ambitious TTIP trade pact if it endangers the future of French agriculture, triggering similar warnings from the US regarding exports of farm produce to Europe

Trade & Society 29-04-2016

EU and US say they don’t aim at ‘TTIP-light’

US and European Union trade officials said yesterday (28 April) they would not settle for a limited trans-Atlantic free trade deal that ignores deep divisions on agricultural products, services, public procurement and dispute resolution.

Trade & Society 10-03-2016

Latest round of TTIP talks boost momentum

Progress was made in the latest round of TTIP talks, but negotiators have a long way to go if the deal is to be signed before Barack Obama leaves office. Michael McKeon gives a briefing on the latest developments.

Agrifood 26-02-2016

Protected geographical labelling boosts revenue for Global South farmers

The development of geographical indications allows agricultural producers to export their products at better prices. For farmers in the Global South, whose products are still largely unrecognised on the European market, this is an important issue. EURACTIV France reports.

Agrifood 18-02-2016

Rip-off Italian products can ‘no longer be tolerated’

An Italian MEP has urged the European Commission to crack down on ‘Italian sounding’ products that pose a threat to his country’s valuable artisanal food industry. EURACTIV Italy reports.

Agrifood 02-12-2015

Agriculture Secretary: Geographic protection ‘not an easy issue’ in TTIP

EXCLUSIVE / Tom Vilsack, the United States Secretary of Agriculture, said that Washington “respects” Europe’s claim for geographic protection of food in the transatlantic trade talks. But he said this should not prevent similar US products from being marketed under brands used on the American market.

Agrifood 07-10-2015

MEPs demand geographical protection for artisanal products

A majority of MEPs has asked the Commission to extend the European system of geographical indications to artisanal products to Bohemian Crystal. This protection currently only exists for food products. EURACTIV France reports