Geographical Indications Protected in New China-E.U. Trade Deal

The PDO and PGI status of two dozen extra virgin olive oils from five different European countries will be formally protected as part of the deal, which is expected to be ratified later this year.
By Daniel Dawson
Jul. 22, 2020 09:50 UTC

The geo­graph­i­cal indi­ca­tions of 24 extra vir­gin olive oils denom­i­na­tions are set to be for­mally pro­tected against imi­ta­tion by local com­pe­ti­tion and other imports in the European Union’s impend­ing trade deal with China.

Safeguarding the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) and Protected Geographical Indicator (PGI) sta­tus of the local spe­cial­ties from France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain came after 10 years of nego­ti­a­tion between the two sides.

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Overall, there are 127 dif­fer­ent extra vir­gin olive oils with a pro­tected geo­graph­i­cal indi­ca­tion in the E.U., com­ing from seven coun­tries.

According to a recent study by the European Commission, extra vir­gin olive oils with a geo­graph­i­cal indi­ca­tion are worth an esti­mated $326 mil­lion per annum. For the entire agri­cul­tural sec­tor, PDO and PGI prod­ucts are worth more than $80 bil­lion each year.

The E.U.-China agree­ment will there­fore pro­vide an impor­tant pro­tec­tion of the prod­ucts’ intel­lec­tual prop­erty rights: it will safe­guard against trans­la­tion, tran­scrip­tion or translit­er­a­tion, and against the use of the pro­tected geo­graph­i­cal indi­ca­tions accom­pa­nied by expres­sions such as kind,’ type,’ style,’ imi­ta­tion’ or the like in respect of a non-orig­i­nat­ing prod­uct,” the Council of the European Union said in a state­ment.

Having passed through the coun­cil of 27 E.U. trade min­is­ters, the deal will now go to the European Parliament, where it is expected to be for­mally rat­i­fied later in the year.

The fol­low­ing PDO and PGI olive oils were included in the agree­ment:

Sitia Lasithiou Kritis (Greece)
Sierra Mágina (Spain)
Priego de Córdoba (Spain)
Huile d’o­live de Haute-Provence (France)
Vorios Mylopotamos Rethymnis Kritis (Greece)
Kalamata (Greece)
Kolimvari Chanion Kritis (Greece)
Lakonia (Greece)
Peza Irakliou Kritis (Greece)
Aprutino Pescarese (Italy)
Chianti Classico (Italy)
Toscano (Italy)

Azeite de Moura (Portugal)
Azeite do Alentejo Interior (Portugal)
Azeite de Trás-os-Montes (Portugal)
Aceite del Bajo Aragón (Spain)
Antequera (Spain)
Baena (Spain)
Estepa (Spain)
Sierra de Cazorla (Spain)
Sierra de Segura (Spain)
Siurana (Spain)
Montes de Toledo (Spain)
Aceite Campo de Montiel (Spain)


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