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.
Jul. 22, 2020
Daniel Dawson

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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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