A new regulation for Protected Geographical Indications (PGI) and Designations of Origin (DO) approved by the European Parliament. The aim is to modernise quality food and drink labels in the European Union (EU). It also aims to strengthen their commercial protection at the international level.

Among the new features are the reinforcement of security in e-commerce and the simplification of procedures for the registration of these brands. The new regulation will enter into force one month after its publication. In addition, the EU has a register that covers 3,626 foods and beverages with designation, PGI or traditional specialities guaranteed (TSG). Spain is the third country with the most recognised labels, after France and Italy.

The value of these quality products exceeds 80,000 million euros per year. With 10% generated by Spanish products. The regulation seeks to address flaws in the previous regime, protect the reputation of the seals and prevent the “abusive use” of these labels. A simplified registration procedure will be implemented to reduce waiting time and strengthen protection in e-commerce through geo-blocking.

Member States will be able to designate producer groups with increased powers and responsibilities. This will allow for sustainability practices beyond national or EU standards. The regulation will include provisions related to wine: it will offer protection for indications that are ingredients of pre-packaged food and require the names of producers to be mentioned on labelling.

The measure has been welcomed by MEPs, who stress that it will generate more income in rural areas, support tourism and protect agricultural employment.

Among the most famous Spanish products protected by these regulations are Manchego cheese, Turrón de Jijona and Rioja Qualified Designation of Origin wine. The Protected Designation of Origin for “Campo de Calatrava” wines recently gained recognition, highlighted during the debate in the European Parliament.

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