EU & China pen landmark geographical indications agreement

This future agreement is likely to be one the most significant trade agreements negotiated in recent years between the European Union and the People’s Republic of China.

The European Union (EU) and China have recently concluded negotiations on a bilateral agreement set to protect 100 European Geographical Indications (GI) in China and 100 Chinese GI in the EU against imitations and usurpation.

This landmark agreement is expected to result in reciprocal trade benefits and demand for high-quality products on both sides.

Officials who met in Beijing, China, said that negotiations were wrapped up on 6th November 2019 after eight years of negotiation.

The conclusion of these negotiations was a commitment taken at the last EU-China Summit and is a powerful and concrete step for increased cooperation between the European Union and China.

The EU list of GI to be protected in China includes products such as Cava, Champagne, Feta, Irish whiskey, Münchener Bier, Ouzo, Polska Wódka, Porto, Prosciutto di Parma and Queso Manchego.

Among the Chinese products to be afforded protection in the EU includes, for example, Pixian Dou Ban (Pixian Bean Paste), Anji Bai Cha (Anji White Tea), Panjin Da Mi (Panjin rice) and Anqiu Da Jiang (Anqiu Ginger).

The text of the agreement will now follow the relevant procedures from both parties to allow the respective Chinese and European Institutions to conclude the agreement as soon as possible so that Chinese and European producers and consumers can start enjoying its benefits.

The agreement is expected to enter into force before the end of 2020.