Spirit drinks such as Cognac, Scotch Whisky, Polish vodka or Brandy de Jerez can hold the logo "Protected Geographical Indication".
What is behind the spirit drinks' PGI logo?
The geographical indication identifies a spirit drink as originating within the territory of a country where a given quality, reputation or other characteristic is attributable to its geographical origin. There are 46 categories of spirit drinks with different qualities.
The spirit drinks can bear the following logo, provided they comply with the Regulation (EC) No 110/2008:
Protected Geographical Indication
How can I register a geographical indication?
To apply for a geographical indication:
- EU producers should send an application using the templates "Application for registration of a geographical indication" including the "technical file" (Annexes I and II of Regulation No 716/2013) to their Member State of origin, which will analyse the application and then forward it on to the European Commission.
- Non-EU producers should send an application using the above-mentioned templates directly to the European Commission (via email to email@example.com) or via the authorities of the third country, provided the product is protected in that country.
How can I find out which product names are registered or have been applied for?
The names of spirit drinks registered and protected at EU level as geographical indications are listed in Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 110/2008.
There is also the "E-SPIRIT-DRINKS" database for information purposes, listing the geographical indications protected at EU level and the ongoing applications for registration.
How can I object to a name proposed for registration?
Any natural or legal person that has a legitimate interest may object to the registration of the geographical indication (Article 17(7) of Regulation (EC) No 110/2008) via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Objections shall be drawn up using the template "Request of objection to a geographical indication"(Annexe III of Regulation (EC) No 716/2013) and submitted to the Commission.