China & EU reached agreement on GI
China and the EU have officially signed the China EU agreement on geographical indications. A total of 550 geographical indications have been included in the agreement.
Zhong Shan, Minister of Commerce of China, Clemens von Goetze, German ambassador based in China and Yu Bai, EU ambassador to China, have signed the agreement on the protection and cooperation of geographical indications between the government of the people's Republic of China and the European Union.
The negotiation of the agreement started in 2011 and has lasted for eight years. At the end of 2019, China and the EU announced the end of the talks. The agreement includes 14 articles and 7 appendices, mainly stipulating the rules for the protection of geographical indications and the list of mutual recognition of geographical indications. A total of 550 geographical indications (275 for each) were included in the agreement, involving alcohol, tea, agricultural products and food.
September 28, 2020
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