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Parliamentary questions
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31 January 2018
Question for written answer E-000558-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñero Fernández (S&D) , Sergio Gutiérrez Prieto (S&D)

 Subject:  Modernisation of the EU-Mexico Global Agreement: protection of ‘manchego cheese’ designation of origin
 Answer in writing 

The proposed draft text on intellectual property rights in the modernised EU-Mexico Global Agreement, sent by the EU to Mexico in November 2016, makes it clear that the EU wants to see the geographical indications (PGIs) of its wines and agricultural food products accorded far greater protection.

The EU’s system of protected geographical indications (PGIs) is of vital importance both economically and culturally, as this helps bring added value to local communities through products that are deeply rooted in Europe’s traditions, culture and geography. PGIs also promote rural development.

News has emerged in recent weeks of difficulties in protecting the names of certain cheeses currently protected by the EU designation of origin system. ‘Manchego’ is one of these. While in Spain the term ‘manchego’ refers to a protected designation of origin for a cheese from the region of Castile-La Mancha, in Mexico it is used for a very different product made from cows milk and which does not have any regional protection.

How will the Commission resolve the problem posed by this difference in the use of the term ‘manchego cheese’, so that the ‘manchego cheese from Castile-La Mancha’ designation of origin is protected properly in the new Agreement?

Original language of question: ES 
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