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Geographical indications for non-agricultural products

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 – 15.07.2014

This public consultation is part of the European Commission’s evaluation of the opportunity and feasibility of the extension of the Geographical indication (GI) protection at European Union (EU) level for non-agricultural products. Stakeholders are invited to reply the questions contained in the Green paper and to share their views on the areas identified in the document. The green paper inquires about existing GI protection provided at national and EU level, as the case may be, and about the potential benefits of extended, unitary protection across the whole EU. The Green paper also contains technical questions as to the possible options that could be considered.

Public hearing – 22.04.2013

A public hearing on Geographical indication protection for non-agricultural products in the Internal market took place on 22 April 2013 in Brussels.

Public hearing documents:

Study on Geographical indication protection for non-agricultural products in the Internal market – 22.03.2013

Notice: This study, by Insight Consulting, with REDD and OriGIn, is a contribution to the European Commission’s evaluation of the feasibility of the protection of Geographical indications for non-agricultural products in the internal market. The results of this external study do not prejudge any proposals which the Commission may make on the basis of the overall analysis of the feasibility of such protection, or on the basis of the impact assessment of different conceivable options, both legislative and non-legislative nature.

Legal disclaimer: The sole responsibility for the content of this study, including the interpretations and opinions contained therein, lies with the authors. It does not represent the official position of the European Commission. The latter is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.