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Parliamentary questions
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22 November 2018
Question for written answer E-005888-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Biljana Borzan (S&D)

 Subject:  Geographical indication of non-agricultural products
 Answer in writing 

There has been an ongoing debate on the need to introduce geographical indication to non-agricultural products. With the introduction of such indications, more than 4 million jobs would be created in the poorest EU regions.

This would prevent counterfeiting, but also make it easier for customers to orient themselves when purchasing items. Namely, up to 57.4% of manufacturers reported major problems and losses due to abuses regarding their current geographical indication. Counterfeits often originate from Asian countries, but also from the EU, where names are being manipulated, and the word ‘royal’, ‘original’, etc. are added to the name of a lower quality product.

Such authentic items are mostly produced by small-scale producers and it is very difficult for them to enter into costly and long-lasting legal battles with counterfeiters. The introduction of a single European system for a geographical indication for non-agricultural products would reduce legal uncertainty and increase consumer trust when purchasing goods.

Following the European Parliament resolution of 6 October 2015 on the possible extension of geographical indication protection of the European Union to non-agricultural products (2015/2053(INI)), which steps have been taken by the European Commission to introduce this indication?

Original language of question: HR 
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