Brussels, 27 August 2002
Commission launches website on applications to register EU quality products
As from today, the applications for registration of a product as a 'Protected Designation of Origin' (PDO), a 'Protected Geographical Indication' (PGI) or a 'Traditional Speciality Guaranteed' (TSG) can be consulted on the web site of the Directorate-General for Agriculture. This new service should contribute to more transparency, simplification and effectiveness in the consultation procedure before registration of a PDO/PGI/TSG. The rules on the protection of geographical indications and designations of origin of agricultural products and foodstuffs(1) and the rules on certificates of specific character for agricultural products and foodstuffs(2) foresee that at least six months before finally registering a product, the European Commission has to publish the main characteristics of the application request in the Official Journal of the European Communities. The publication of the application for registration confers the right to object to this request. Consequently, a transparent registration procedure is the pre-requisite for other parties concerned to exercise their right of objection. In order to facilitate the consultation of the requests published in the various issues of the Official Journal all pending registrations can now be consulted at: http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/foodqual/protec/firstpub/index_en.htm
Throughout Europe there is an enormous range of great foods. However, when a product acquires a reputation extending beyond national borders it can find itself in competition with products which pass themselves off as the genuine article and take the same name. This unfair competition not only discourages producers but also misleads consumers. That is why, in 1992, the European Union created systems known as PDO (Protected Designation of Origin), PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) and TSG (Traditional Speciality Guaranteed) to promote and protect food products.
A PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) covers the term used to describe foodstuffs which are produced, processed and prepared in a given geographical area using recognised know-how.
In the case of the PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) the geographical link must occur in at least one of the stages of production, processing or preparation. Furthermore, the product can benefit from a good reputation.
A TSG (Traditional Speciality Guaranteed) does not refer to the origin but highlights traditional character, either in the composition or means of production.
Why do we have a European system for developing and protecting foodstuffs?
How can one find out which products are registered?
Detailed information on the products already registered as PDO/PGI or TSG can be found at: http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/foodqual/quali1_en.htm
How do producers and processors go about registering a product name?