Faster protected designation of origin procedure on demand

by Editor
Friday, June 13, 2008

In the run-up to the EU Commission's revision of the EU's protected geographical indication law, calls to speed up entry of protected designations are increasing.

Most specialist producers cannot understand why it currently takes at least five years to process applications, said Bavarian Agriculture Minister Josef Miller.

Miller also proposed transferring staff from the controlling to the quality department to ensure that the procedure is not unnecessarily delayed by staffing shortages.

If producers submit correctly completed applications, the approvals procedure works quickly, responded Keijo Hyvonen, Head of the Agricultural Quality Policy directorate in Brussels.

The European Commission is obliged to make a decision within twelve months. After this, the text has to be translated into 22 languages, followed by a period of six months to allow for any objections.