|Author (Corporate)||Cardiff EDC|
|Content Type||News, Overview|
Information Guide focusing on Case C-159/20 from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), which concerns the use of protected designations of origin (PDOs).
The name Feta was registered as a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) in 2002. Since then, that name may be used only for cheese that originates in the defined geographical area in Greece and conforms to the applicable product specification.
The European Commission launched infringement proceedings, supported by Greece and Cyprus, whereby it was claimed that Denmark had breached its obligations under Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012 by failing to prevent or stop the use of the designation Feta on cheese produced in Denmark and intended for export to third countries. However, Denmark maintained that the Regulation applied only to products sold in the EU and did not cover exports to third countries.
On 14 July 2022, the CJEU ruled that Denmark had failed to fulfil its obligations under EU law by failing to stop the use of the designation for cheese intended for export to third countries. However, the Court also ruled that the country had not infringed the obligation of sincere cooperation.
|Subject Categories||Business and Industry, Geography, Internal Markets, Law|
|Subject Tags||Agriculture, Consumer Rights | Protection, EU Law, Food | Drinks, Intellectual Property|
|Keywords||CJEU Judgments, Dairy Products, Geographical Indications (GI), Labelling
|Countries / Regions||Denmark, Greece|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|