Because Origin Matters

EFOW welcomes the EP Plenary vote on the Geographical Indication review

1 June 2023, Brussels – EFOW, the European Federation of Origin Wines, the organisation promoting and defending Geographical Indication (GI) wines, welcomes today’s vote in Plenary on the revision of the EU GI systems which reinforces GIs all the while safeguarding the specificities of the wine sector. EFOW and its members call upon the Council to support the EP “wine package” during the trilogue negotiations.

EFOW supports the Plenary vote on the GI review as MEPs have given a strong mandate to the rapporteurs in view of the trilogue negotiations. This is a positive result for the sector as the management of the GI system has not been externalised to the EUIPO, the protection afforded to GIs with regard to their use as ingredients and online has been strengthened while maintaining the specificities of the wine sector in the so-called “wine package”.

EFOW’s President, Mr. Bernard Farges, explained: “on behalf of my colleagues, I would like to congratulate the rapporteurs for their strong commitment in supporting GI producers and in particular GI wine producers. We are confident that both the European Parliament and the Council will strive to find an agreement during the trilogues which will boost our sector and our rural economies“.