Non-agricultural Geographical Indications (GIs):enhancing and protecting EU know-how – Draft program
14:30 – 15:00 : Welcome
15:00 – 15:15 : Presentation of the seminar & role and initiatives on non-agricultural GIs of the Legal Affairs committee (JURI) of the European Parliament : Ms. Virginie ROZIÈRE, MEP, Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI), Rapporteur on the possible extension of the EU GI protection to non-agricultural products
15:15 – 15:30 : The next steps to be undertaken by the European Commission : Mr. Mariano FERNANDEZ SALAS and Ms. Valérie MARIE d’AVIGNEAU, Unit Intellectual Property and Fight Against Counterfeiting, DG internal market, industry, entrepreneurship and SME (DG GROWTH)
15:30 – 15:45 : Benefits of a sui generis regulation at EU level: the experience of agricultural GIs : Mr. Christian AMBLARD, General delegate, Syndicat du Pruneau d’Agen
15:45 – 16:45 : Round-table: Which strategy for EU producers of non-agricultural GIs
Introduction: Mr. Nicola DANTI, MEP, Committee Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO)
Moderator: Mr. Massimo VITTORI, Managing Director, oriGIn
– Mr. Angus CUNDEY, Savile Row Bespoke, United Kingdom
– Mr. Stefano COLLINA, Associazione Italiana Città della Ceramica (AiCC), Italy
– Mr. Ludger BENDA, Solinger Stahl- und Schneidwaren, Germany
– Mr. Pedro ARCAS MARTINEZ, Mueble de Yecla, Spain
– Ms. Lorna MACAULAY, Harris Tweed Authority, United Kingdom
– Mr. Angelo Sperzaga, Consorzio Liutai “Antonio Stradivari” Cremona, Italy
– Mr. José PULIDO GARCÍA, Piel de Ubrique, Spain
– Ms. Ana SOEIRO, QUALIFICA/oriGInPortugal, Portugal
16:45 – 17:00 : Coffee break
17:00 – 17:45 : Initiative of Junta de Andalucía in support of the extension of the GI protection to non-agricultural products at the UE level:
– Ms. Francisca PLEGUEZUELOS AGUILAR, Delegate of the Andalusian Government (Junta de Andalucía) in Brussels
– Mr. Gaspar Llanes Díaz-Salazar, General Secretary for Economy of Junta de Andalucía and President of Extenda, trade promotion agency of Andalusia
17:45 – 18:00 : Conclusions: Ms. Virginie ROZIÈRE
18:00 – 19:00 : Cocktail
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Couteaux de Laguiole, tapisserie d’Aubusson in France, Bohemian crystal, Scottish tartans, Carrara marble in Europe … Europe is full of products based on traditional knowledge and production methods, which are rooted in the cultural and social heritage of a given geographical area. These products are part of the knowledge and know-how of Europe, but at the moment are officially recognised only in some of the EU Member States, by virtue of a set of heterogeneous national legal tools.
Since 2014, the Junta de Andalucía and oriGIn, the worldwide network of GI groups, joined efforts to encourage the EU Commission to present a legislative initiative on non-agricultural GIs, which takes into account the specificities and needs of the sector.
Likewise, the EU Parliament is working on this issue. Ms Virginie ROZIERE, MEP (S&D) of the JURI Committee, prepared an own-initiative report to be voted in September 2015.
OBJECTIVES OF THE INITIATIVE
Discuss the possible initiatives of the European Institutions on non- agricultural GIs, in particular the Report of ComJURI of the EU Parliament;
Develop a common strategy of European non-agricultural GI groups in view of the possible adoption of an EU regulation on this subject matter;
Present the work done by Junta de Andalucía through the common platform for the extension of GI protection to non-agricultural products in the EU.