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Public consultation on a possible extension of geographical indication protection of the European Union to non-agricultural products – Making the most out of Europe’s traditional know-how

Policy Field

  • Internal Market, Intellectual Property, Industrial Property, Geographical indications

Target group

All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from consumers, producers, associations, distributors, and national or local authorities.


  • From 15.07.2014 to 28.10.2014 – (closed).


The European Commission is launching a consultation on possibly granting EU-wide protection to traditional non-agricultural products rooted in the cultural and historical heritage of particular geographical locations by extending to such products the benefits of geographical indications.

The questionnaire contains questions about the current means of protection provided at national and EU level and the potential economic, social and cultural benefits that could be brought by improved Geographical Indication protection in the EU. The second part goes into more technical questions as to the possible options that could be considered.

How to submit your contribution

The participation period to this consultation is now over.

Consultation document

Please click here to view the consultation document.

Contact details

Responsible services:
Internal Market and Services DG,
Unit D2 – Industrial Property
Postal address:
European Commission
SPA 2 05/086
1049 Brussels

Number of responses received to this consultation

137 contributions were received.

View the contributions

In the interests of transparency, organisations are invited to provide the public with relevant information about themselves by registering in the Interest Representative Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct. If the organisation is not registered, the submission will be published separately from the registered organisations.

Results of consultation and next steps

The summary results

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