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Parliamentary questions
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30 May 2018
E-001928/2018(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Hogan on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-001928/2018

There are no provisions in Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012 on quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs(1) that would deny the maintenance of the geographical indication following a change in maritime boundaries.

An amendment to a product specification could be necessary in order either to specify that the geographical area is modified in the sense of reducing or increasing the area of a geographical indication, still belonging to one single country, or to endorse the new status of cross country geographical indication, whose geographical area is shared between more than one country.

There are examples of cross country geographical indications: ‘Maasvallei Limburg’ (wine) is a Belgian and Dutch protected designation of origin (PDO), ‘Istarski pršut/Istrski pršut’ (ham) is a Croatian and Slovenian PDO, ‘Miód z Sejneńszczyny/Łoździejszczyzny’/‘Seinų/Lazdijų krašto medus’ (honey) is a Polish and Lithuanian PDO, ‘Genièvre/Jenever/Genever’ (spirit drink) is a Belgian, Dutch, French and German geographical indication.

(1)OJ L 343, 14.12.2012, p. 1.

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