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Summary of Treaty


GENERAL DATA
Official Title Agreement between the European Community and the United Mexican States on the mutual recognition and protection of designations for spirit drinks
Type of Agreement Bilateral
Place of Signature Brussels
Date of Signature 27/05/1997
Date of Entry Into Force 01/07/1997
Duration Indefinite
Objective of Agreement Mutual recognition and protection of designations for spirit drinks with the aim to improve the conditions for the marketing of spirit drinks on the respective markets of the European Community and the United Mexican States.
Remarks Example of bilateral agreement concluded by the EC for protecting Geographical Indications (GIs).

The purpose of the agreement is to improve the conditions for the marketing of spirit drinks through mutual recognition and the protection of designations under which spirits are marketed in the Community and Mexico in accordance with the principles of equality, mutual benefit and reciprocity.

Under the agreement both parties agreed to protect the denominations of origin of certain spirits.

The agreement provides protection to more than 250 European GIs, among them being Scotch Whisky, Irish Whiskey, Rum de Madeira, Rhum de la Martinique, Ron de Malaga, Kornbrand, Armagnac, Cognac, Brandy de Jerez, Grappa, Kirsch, Calvados, Ouzo, Irish Cream, Cassis de Dijon, Swedish Punch, Swedish Vodka and Finsk Vodka.

Two Mexican appellations of origin are similarly protected: Tequila and Mezcal.

See also the Exchange of letters regarding the agreement between the European Community and the United Mexican States on the mutual recognition and protection of designations for spirit drinks, in relation to the designation ‘tequila’ (OJ L 152 of 11/06/1997, pp. 27-30).
OJ Reference L152, 11/06/1997, p. 16
Nature of Agreement Trade Agreement
Depositary Council of the European Union
Contracting Parties European Community, Mexico
Authentic Texts Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
Subject Matters Agriculture
Latin America
Management Joint committee (Article 17)
EU PARTICIPATION
Conclusion Date 27/05/1997
Ratification Status NOT
Conclusion Decision Council Decision of 27 May 1997 concerning the conclusion of an Agreement between the European Community and the United Mexican States on the mutual recognition and protection of designations for spirit drinks; OJ L152 of 11/06/1997, p.15
Competence Exclusive
Legal Basis Treaty EC: Article 113



Last Update :   13/11/2008