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Parliamentary questions
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2 April 2020
Answer given by Mr Wojciechowski
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-000500/2020

In the course of 2019, an in accordance with Article 10.17(2)(a) of the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement, Singapore set up a geographical indications (GI) registry allowing EU GI holders to apply for registration. So far, 138 EU GIs have been registered in Singapore.

These GIs currently enjoy protection under Singaporean law and need to be transposed, by decision of the Trade Committee established under the Agreement, from current Annex 10-A (‘GIs to be protected’) of the Agreement into Annex 10-B (‘GIs protected’) in order to enjoy protection also under the Agreement. Points (c) and (d) of Article 10.17(2) of the Free Trade Agreement foresee, respectively, an objection procedure and legal means that permit the rectification and cancellation of entries on the domestic registry so as to allow for the legitimate interests of third parties to be taken into account.

Since the entry into force of the Agreement on 21 November 2019, the Commission has worked with Singapore to address these issues.

First, the Commission has recently adopted a decision to establish the EU’s favourable position in the Trade Committee to modify the two Annexes 10-A and 10-B.

Second, the Commission is also working with Singapore on a further interpretative decision by the Trade Committee to ensure clarity and coherence between the Singaporean domestic legislation and the provisions of the Agreement. This should cover in particular the rectification and cancellation requests on the grounds of genericness.

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