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Rūpniecisko un amatniecības produktu ģeogrāfiskās izcelsmes norāžu aizsardzība Eiropas Savienībā

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Opinion Number: CDR 2689/2021
Rapporteur: PINVILLE Martine
Commission: ECON
Status: Adopted
Date: 14/10/2021
 
THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS

- points out that the WTO (in the Agreement on Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, or TRIPS) and the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications, which the EU has recently signed, do not distinguish between GIs according to type of product; also considers that the EU's signing of the Geneva Act gives it an obligation to address the issue of protecting ICGIs;

- believes that recognition of ICGIs is relevant to the priorities of EU programmes being developed, including those of the industrial strategy, the Green Deal and the review of trade policy, and also the future of rural areas and development of short supply chains;

- thus favours extending protection of GIs to include industrial and craft products under an EU Regulation based on the first paragraph of Article 118 TFEU;

- believes that local and regional authorities in Europe have a wealth of industrial and craft products that are made using knowledge that has often been passed down through the generations, and that promoting and protecting these products in the right way could help to maintain value added and jobs that cannot be outsourced, especially in rural areas, and to protect local heritage;

- points out that under a common system for all GIs it will be necessary as far as possible to draw on the experience with agriculture and foodstuffs, and to opt for a harmonised approach combining aspects of the different regimes;

- believes that a transition period will be needed for Member States that already have a system of protection so as to allow GIs previously registered at national level to be adapted and incorporated into the new EU system;

- considers it essential to use a mandatory European logo so that consumers or customers can recognise or identify these products;

- notes that an EU Regulation for ICGIs would allow them to be included in the list of products covered by EU trade agreements with third countries, and thus guarantee their protection in key markets.

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Meeting with the European Commission

On 31 May 2021, the CoR rapporteur, Ms Martine Pinville, met with
Ms Claudia MARTINEZ FELIX (Deputy HoU, GROW.C.4, Intangible Economy), Mr Philipp RUNGE and Ms Valerie MARIE-D'AVIGNEAU, Legal and Policy Officers, Intangible Economy (GROW.C.4, Intangible Economy). The meeting served to raise some points from the local and regional perspective and to gather the COM views on these.

 
31 May
 

Stakeholders consultation on Protecting Industrial and Craft Geographical Indications in the EU

The consultation afforded the CoR rapporteur, Mrs. Martine Pinville, and relevant stakeholders the opportunity to look into both the opportunities and challenges a potential introduction of GI protection would bring on consumers, producers, and on the regional economies where the products are produced.

 
19 May
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