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Green paper dwar l-estensjoni tal-protezzjoni tal-indikazzjoni ġeografika għal prodotti mhux agrikoli

Opinion Number: CDR 5386/2014
Rapporteur: COPPOLA Marialuisa
Commission: ECOS-V
Status: Adopted
Date: 12/02/2015

 maintains that Europe's regions are extremely rich in non-agricultural products based on traditional know-how (often kept alive by small companies and micro-enterprises) and that properly improving the status of these products and protecting them could help EU local and regional development, especially in economic and social terms, while also curbing the deplorable phenomena of counterfeit and imitation goods;

 agrees on the absolute necessity of making sure geographical indication (GI) protection standards are respected in the ambit of the agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), which apply to all members of the World Trade Organisation;

 believes creating a single EU system for non-agricultural GI protection is preferable to taking the route of harmonising national rules, since it would be fairer and guarantee the same timetables throughout the EU;

 proposes that those Member States in which a non-agricultural GI protection system already exists should have a brief period (up to 2020, for example) in which transitional arrangements apply and the two systems should co-exist before a definitive move to a single EU mechanism;

 thinks a registration procedure for non-agricultural GIs must be mandatory and should be based on a two-stage system (as is currently the case for agricultural GIs) that involves the regional level in verifying local specificities and the European level in verifying the shared EU criteria.



CoR Commission activity

Publication of the opinion brochure

14 Mar

CoR Plenary Session

Adoption of the opinion by the CoR Plenary

11 Feb

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur spoke at the European Commission conference presenting the results of the consultation following the publication of the Green Paper

18 Jan

CoR Commission activity

Adoption of the opinion by the ECOS commission

16 Dec

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur met with the European Commission

06 Oct


At an informal lunch, ministers for industry and the internal market exchanged ideas on thepossibility of introducing, in future, a set of harmonised rules for the protection of geographicalindications for non-agricultural products. Mr Michel Barnier, vice-president of the Commission andMr Michel Lebrun, president of the Committee of the Regions, attended the luncheon meeting.The contributions to the debate feed into the Commission's consultations on the meritsof extending EU-level geographical indication protection to non-agricultural products.

25 Sep

CoR Commission activity


The ECOS Commission nominated Ms. Marialuisa COPPOLA (IT/EEP) as rapporteur

15 Sep

European Commission

European Commission published COM(2014) 469 final

14 Jul
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