The European Union and Moldova yesterday signed an agreement, aiming to protect their respective Geographical Indications (GIs), according to a press release from EU Delegation to Moldova.
The agreement will help to promote trade in quality agricultural products and foodstuffs between both parties, allowing Moldova to adapt its domestic legislation to the highest standards of intellectual property rights protection. Moldovan wines are among the products set to benefit, with Geographical Indications for two varieties.
At the same time, Moldova will ensure a high level of protection for more than 3,200 EU GIs for food products, wines and spirits already protected within the EU.
‘This agreement is a further step in strengthening our system of GIs around the world, but also a way of bringing Moldova closer to the EU’, said EU Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Dacian Cioloș.
The agreement aims at better informing consumers on the origin and quality of products and protecting them from being misled. It reflects the EU and Moldova's converging views on quality policy, consumer protection and intellectual property, while responding to EU Member States' efforts to protect Geographical Indications internationally.
The development of Geographical Indications is expected to contribute significantly to the diversification of wine production in the Republic of Moldova. The initial protection of 2 wine Geographical Indications originating from Moldova (Româneşti and Ciumai PDO wines) is expected to help the marketing of these products on the EU market.
It will also encourage the development of a GI protection system in Moldova, for example through its extension to other categories of products. It should also encourage new initiatives valorising the GIs system, bringing tourism to regions and supporting marketing strategies for new markets. (EU Neighbourhood Info)