EU Public Consultation on the operation of the Geographical Indications Scheme (GIs) and Traditional Specialities Guaranteed (TSGs)

The European Commission has launched an online public consultation in order to get feedback on stakeholders’ understanding and opinion of the EU’s quality schemes (Geographical Indications and Traditional Specialities Guaranteed), in relation to foodstuffs, agricultural products, wines, spirit drinks and aromatised wine products.

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has primary responsibility for these EU quality schemes and has uploaded a notice at to inform all interested groups and the general public of a public consultation that was launched by the European Commission on 4 November 2019 running until 27 January 2020.

However, as GIs are recognised as intellectual property rights under the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation would also like to make our stakeholders aware of this EU public consultation.

This public consultation will contribute to the Commission’s evaluation of the overall functioning of the EU quality schemes with a focus on the registered names from Member States and third countries sold on the EU internal market. The Commission’s evaluation of the current EU legal framework is to analyse to what extent the four Regulations of the Council and the European Parliament have achieved the objectives in terms of efficiency, effectiveness, relevance, coherence and EU added value. The evaluation will provide the opportunity to consider need for improvement, modernisation, simplification and streamlining of the policy. The evaluation will also examine the coherence of national and regional quality schemes of EU Member States with the EU quality schemes.

Interested parties can participate in the consultation by completing the questionnaire developed by the European Commission for the purposes of this consultation. It can be viewed at EU food quality schemes — evaluation. In order to allow for a highest possible participation rate, we would very much appreciate if you could also pass this information on to the members of your organisations and encourage them to take part in this important exercise.

All queries and replies regarding the consultation should be sent to

For noting:

All stakeholders should be aware that this consultation process is being managed solely by the European Commission. Therefore, all issues pertaining to privacy and personal data will be managed by the European Commission and are subject to EU Regulation 2018 / 1725.


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