The reform on the protection of geographical indications in the European Union

The European Parliament and Council adopted the new Regulation

On 23 April 2024, Regulation (EU) 2024/1143 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 April 2024 on geographical indications for wine, spirit drinks and agricultural products, as well as traditional specialities guaranteed and optional quality terms for agricultural products, amending Regulations (EU) No 1308/2013, (EU) 2019/787 and (EU) 2019/1753 and repealing Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012 (hereinafter the “Regulation”) was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

The new Regulation will enter into force on the 20th day following its publication and will apply from 13 May 2024.

The legislative proposal was published on 31 March 2022 by the European Commission, at the same time as the proposal for a regulation on the protection of geographical indications of handicraft and industrial products.

With the new Regulation, the European legislator aims to strengthen and broaden the protection of geographical indications by adopting a single text that will dictate a common and uniform discipline for all geographical indications in the agri-food sector. 

In particular, as a result of the introduction of the new legislation, Regulation (EU) 1151/2012 in relation to agricultural products and foodstuffs is repealed in its entirety, while Regulation (EU) 1308/2013 and Regulation (EU) 787/2019, which protect geographical indications for wines and spirits respectively, are being amended.

Our team of experts in GIs wrote an article in which summarised the main aspects of the Regulation. 

Click here the read the alert 

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