Landmark agreement will protect 100 European Geographical Indications in China

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The European Union (EU) and China concluded negotiations in November 2019 on a bilateral agreement to protect European Geographical Indications (GI) in China and 100 Chinese GI in the EU against imitations and usurpation.

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The commitment to conclude such an agreement was laid down at the EU-China Summit earlier in the year, and it was expected to result in reciprocal trade benefits and demand for high-quality products on both sides. Following the completion of the necessary legislative processes, the agreement was expected to enter into force before the end of 2020. Four years after its entry into force, the scope of the agreement should expand to cover an additional 175 GI names from both sides.

EU-China cooperation on Geographical Indications began in 2006, resulting in the registration and protection of 10 Geographical Indication names on both sides in 2012, the starting block for further cooperation. The list of 100 products was first published in 2017 for consideration under this bilateral agreement.

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Joint Press Statement by Commissioner Phil Hogan and Minister Zhong Shan on the End of the Negotiations of an Agreement between the European Union and the Government of the People's Republic of China on Cooperation on, and Protection of, Geographical Indications
European Commission: List of European geographical indications protected
European Commission: List of Chinese geographical indications protected

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