Portugal welcomes EU-China agreement on geographical indications, including Portuguese

Portugal welcomes EU-China agreement on geographical indications, including Portuguese
Published in 17 September, 2020

The Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MNE) today welcomed the EU-China agreement for the protection of geographical indications, signed on Monday, which already includes in 2021 six Portuguese geographical indications and, until 2025, another seven.

The European Union (EU) and China signed a bilateral agreement to ensure protection against fraudulent copying or reproduction of 100 European geographical indications on the Chinese market and 100 Chinese geographical indications on the European market.

According to the MNE, among the 100 geographical indications protected since the entry into force of the agreement, “scheduled for the beginning of 2021”, include six Portuguese products: Pêra Rocha do Oeste, Alentejo Wines, Dão and Douro, Porto and Green wine.

“In the four years after the entry into force of the Agreement, protection will extend to over 175 European Geographical Indications, including seven Portuguese: Azeites de Moura, Trás-os-Montes, Alentejo Interior, Barrancos Ham / Paleta de Barrancos , Queijo S. Jorge, Bairrada Wine and Madeira Wine ”, says the Ministry in a statement.

The text stresses that the agreement translates into “reciprocal benefits”, ensuring “a high level of protection for Geographical Indications” and “guaranteeing that consumers will have access to certified quality products”, “aspects that Portugal highly values ​​and for who have been working in the framework of international trade ”.

For the MNE, the importance of the agreement is further reinforced by the “potential of the Chinese market” and by “the fact that this country is the second destination for exports of products protected with EU Geographical Indications”.

“The Portuguese Government welcomes the important political signal that represents the fulfillment of the commitments signed at previous EU-China Summits on the signing of this Agreement”, he concludes.

The agreement signed on Monday was signed initially in November 2019 and, according to the European Commission, “reflects the commitment” of the community and Chinese blocs to “honor the commitments made at previous summits and apply international rules as a basis for relations commercial ”.

The EU’s geographical indications protected in China include, in addition to the Portuguese, French champagne, Irish whiskey, Polish vodka, Italian ham, feta cheese and Spanish Manchego cheese.

Once approved by the European Parliament and officially adopted by the Council, the bilateral trade agreement is expected to enter into force in early 2021.

China is one of the EU’s main trading partners and, last year, it was the third destination for EU agri-food products, reaching 14,5 billion euros.

The Chinese market is still the second destination for exports of EU products protected as geographical indications, including wines, agri-food products and spirits, which account for 9%.

Source: O Jornal Económico