EU and China compete ‘10+10 project’ on geographical indications
By Joanna Sopinska | Friday 30 November 2012
‘Grana Padano’, ‘Prosciutto di Parma’ and ‘White Stilton cheese/Blue Stilton cheese’ are the last three product names that have been registered in the official Chinese geographical indications register (AQSIQ) as part of the EU-China ‘10+10 project’. At the same time, theChinese names ‘Pinggu da Tao’ (peach) and ‘Dongshan Bai Lu Sun’ (asparagus) have received a protected status in the EU as geographical indications (GI). These two parallel registrations, announced on 30 November, bring to conclusion the bilateral pilot project aiming at ensuring protection of ten famous food names in the EU and China. The EU hopes for the next step to be the conclusion, in 2013, of the ongoing negotiations with China on a broader bilateral agreement on GIs.
“The completion of the ‘10+10’ is an important step in the process towards a better protection in China of EU geographical indications for agricultural products and foodstuffs,” Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos said, on 30 November. “We are now looking to build on this success through negotiating a broader bilateral agreement on GIs, which we hope to conclude in the course of 2013,” he added.
The pilot project started in July 2007 when both the EU (European Commission) and China (AQSIQ) formally lodged applications for the protection of ten agricultural GIs in each other’s territories. In terms of value, China is among the five most important export markets of EU GI products (agricultural products, foodstuffs, wines and spirits). In 2010, the total value of GI exports to China amounted to more than €650 million. Wines and spirits represent the biggest part in terms of value: between 2005 and 2010, the exports of EU GI wines and spirits to China increased fourfold.
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