Agriculture Council to discuss protection of geographical designations for food

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.

 

On the agenda of this Council meeting are:

  • A public debate on the equality of chances in rural areas
  • Adoption of a Regulation on quotas for potatoe starches
  • Report of the Presidency on a proposal for Regulation on ethyl alcohol of agricultural origin
  • Discussion on the proposal for Regulation on protection of geographical indications and designations of origin for agricultural products and foodstuffs

 

The European Parliament will give its opinion on this issue. Mr Fruteau (PSE) is the Parliament's rapporteur.

 

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