Ceremony for the First Vietnamese protected denomination in Europe
Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 15 July 2013, Loretta Dormal-Marino, Deputy Director-General at the Agriculture and Rural Development DG of the EC, handed over the Certificate of Protected Designation of Origin “Phú Quốc” to Ho Thi Kim Thoa, Vietnamese Deputy Minister for Industry and Trade. The EU supports better protection of geographical indications internationally due to the increasing number of violations throughout the world. The EU is active in multilateral and bilateral negotiations protecting EU geographical indications. In June 2012 the EU and Vietnam launched negotiations for a comprehensive free trade agreement with a view to ensuring an effective environment for trade and investment relations.
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||Exterior view of the Berlaymont building in Brussels
||Pannel of Ceremony to hand over the Certificate of Protected Designation of Origin “Phú Quốc”
||Loretta Dormal-Marino, Deputy Director-General at the Agriculture and Rural Development DG of the EC, handing over the Certificate of Protected Designation of Origin “Phú Quốc” to Ho Thi Kim Thoa, Vietnamese Deputy Minister for Industry and Trade (2 shots)
||Soundbite by Loretta Dormal-Marino (in ENGLISH): We are given a lot of attention and a lot of importance to geographical indication as a matter of culture, heritage, as a matter of history, as a matter also of market instrument in order to improve the revenues of our farmers and to recognise their skills. So this is only the first product which is recognised in Europe. Phú Quốc is only the first one, we have many other products, we know that there are many important other products geographical indication in the Vietnam.
||Soundbite by Ho Thi Kim Thoa (in VIETNAMESE) saying that she is very glad to receive the certificate for Phú Quốc extract fish here in Brussels. Saying that this is a product that all the Vietnamese families use and consume for centuries. And this is the real illustration that Vietnamese product can require all the condition required by the EU to get accession to the EU market. Thanking everybody who took part in this project.
||Ho Thi Kim Thoa giving a present to Loretta Dormal-Marino
||Group photo in the presence of Loretta Dormal-Marino and Ho Thi Kim Thoa (3 shots)
||Product with Phú Quốc