Do your food or beverage products use geographical names from Europe?

Public objection process is now open for you to have your say.

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The Australian Government continues to work towards securing a free trade agreement with the European Union (EU).  As part of the negotiations, the Government has published the list of Geographical Indications (GIs) the EU has asked Australia to protect.  It has opened a public objections procedure to seek the views of Australian producers and businesses on specific terms on the EU’s list.

We want to hear directly from Australian industry and stakeholders about your interests and objections so we can fully represent them in our FTA negotiation.

The Australian Government has made no commitment to protect EU GIs. Decisions on EU GIs that will be protected by Australia will be taken by the Government at a later point in the FTA negotiations. Any commitments on GIs in the FTA will depend on the overall outcomes the EU is prepared to offer Australia, including with regard to market access.

A GI identifies a product as having a specific geographical origin and possessing qualities or a reputation due to that origin.

Examples of food or beverage product names the EU want Australia to protect as GIs, include:

  • Feta
  • Gruyere
  • Munchener Bier
  • Ouzo
  • Mortadella Bologna

How can you have your say?

If you produce or manufacture food or beverage products, look at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Public Objections Procedure website for more information about what this means for you.

The public objection process opened on 13 August and closes on 13 November 2019.

The Australian Government is also holding information sessions around Australia during the public objections process. Check the schedule and register your interest by emailing a-eufta-gisubmissions@dfat.gov.au.

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