The European Commission has launched a Green Paper consultation on a possible extension of geographical indication protection to non-agricultural products.

The Green Paper consists of two parts. The first part asks about the current means of protection provided at national and EU level and the potential economic, social and cultural benefits that could be achieved by improved GI protection in the EU. The second part includes more technical questions to seek the views of interested parties on possible options for EU-level GI protection for non-agricultural products.

All interested stakeholders – from consumers to producers, and distributors to local authorities – are invited to send their comments and suggestions by 28 October 2014.

To read the Green Paper, please click here; for more information on the public consultation, here.

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