WORKSHOP ON THE INDICATIONS OF GEOGRAPHICAL ORIGIN IN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE PROJECT PLAC

WORKSHOP ON THE INDICATIONS OF GEOGRAPHICAL ORIGIN IN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE PROJECT PLAC

December 18, 2014

Yesterday in the IPO a Workshop was held “Registration and Protection of the Names of Agricultural Products and Food – Indications of Geographical Origin” in the framework of the project “Policy and Legal Advice Centre (PLAC)” financed from the EU funds.

The aim of the workshop was the explanation of the provisions of the Directive 1151/2012 of the European Parliament and Council from November 21, 2014 on the schemes of quality for agricultural and food products and the very procedure of registration of the indications of geographical origin on the national level and on the EU territory.

Apart from the lecturers, representatives of the project PLAC, the meeting was attended by the representatives of the IPO, Ministry competent for agriculture and the representatives of the association – authorized users of the registered IGO, in particular cabbage from Futog, Pepper Sausage from Srem, fresh and sour cabbage from Futog, raspberry from Arilje, home made peper delicacy from Leskovac and linden honey from Fruska Gora. At the workshop, differences were shown between the designation of origin (PDO), geographical indication (PGI) and the guaranteed traditional specialty (TSG). All phases of the procedure of registration have been demonstrated, on the national and on the international level. The importance of the period before the registration itself has been underlined, in the framework of which it is necessary to analyze all factors relevant for the registration and later efficient use of the GI. Then, regulations were presented referring to the procedure of control of the products registered as GIO, as well as their implementation in practice , without which it is impossible to fulfill the basic function of this IPR – protection of quality and specific characteristic of products deriving from a special geographical area. The authorized users expressed their experience during the workshop, spoke about the problems they face and indicated the importance of cooperation with all the actors included in the registration and control both by the certification bodies and the relevant inspections.