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Have your say: Protection of GIs for non-agricultural products
The public consultation is open until 22 July and aims to capture the views of all relevant stakeholders in the EU-wide protection of Geographical Indications (GIs) for non-agricultural products.
Participants in the consultation will have the possibility to express their views on the:
- problems related to the existing legal protection of authentic geographically-rooted non-agricultural products within the internal market;
- benefits and risk of EU action;
- available policy options including the control and enforcement of a future EU-protection system for such products;
- potential impacts of these policy options.
All citizens, organisations and experts are welcome to contribute to this consultation. The European Commission seeks to gather input from a broad range of stakeholders, namely:
- public authorities (federal/national, regional and local authorities in Member States and non-EU countries);
- consumers (citizens and consumer organisations);
- producers (individuals, companies in particular SMEs, and associations or organisations);
- legal practitioners and academics;
- and other stakeholders e.g. training organisations.
Why a consultation
There is currently no EU-wide system for protecting the geographical indications of non-agricultural products (such as handicrafts and industrial goods). However, such products are often an important part of local identity, attract tourism and create jobs. A uniform system would in particular:
- help producers stay competitive in niche markets;
- provide consumers with better information about the authenticity of products;
- boost regional economies.
The questionnaire is available in all EU languages and it can be accessed via the European Commission website. The deadline for contributions is 22 July 2021.