Hita demands to strengthen the protection of PDOs and PGIs

Logroño, (EFE).- The Minister of Agriculture of La Rioja, Eva Hita, asked this Monday, before the Advisory Council for Agrarian Policy for European Affairs, the defense of the strengthening of the protection of designations of origin protected (AOP). and existing Protected Geographical Indications (PGIs).

Hita referred to the proposed revision of the regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council of geographical indications and of the quality regimes of agricultural products of the European Union, detailed the regional government in a note.

The councilor informed about the modifications introduced in the text by La Rioja to protect already existing geographical indications or denominations of origin.

It is, he assured, that “the need to assess, when requesting a new -PDO or PGI- is collected, that those who request it are not already protected by another Geographical Indication or Designation of Origin which could weaken the existing one”.

La Rioja demands that when creating a new figure of protection, a justification based and argued on the “differences in production, processing and territory” is required, the adviser pointed out.

In addition, “claims or observations from the territory concerned by the new indication or appellation of origin requested must be taken into account,” Hita said. EFE