On Monday 27 May, the EU Agriculture ministers will meet in Brussels for the Agriculture Council. Among other issues, they will discuss a proposal for Regulation on the protection of geographical indications and designations of origin for agricultural products and foodstuffs.
Current legislation enables producers to make their products benefit from a “protected designation of origin” (PDO) or a “protected geographical indication” (PGI). The proposed Regulation would change this legislation in several ways:
- a modification of the scope of application of PDO and PGI: after a transition period of 5 years, they would no longer cover mineral waters. The Germans are, however, opposed to this proposal. Other delegations have suggested to extend the scope of application to spirit drinks;
- a simplification of the rules concerning homonymous designations;
- the extension of the right to oppose registrations to other WTO countries;
- the extension of EU protection to designations by third countries;
- the coexistence of a brand with a geographical indication;
The Council will discuss some of the technical aspects of the proposal.