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EU launches project to boost Georgia’s Geographical Indications Protection and Control System

07/11/2019 - 13:54
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Geographical indications (GI) link a product to its geographical origin. Georgia has over 40 registered GIs including Sulguni, Chacha and Churchkhela.

"Churchkhela - 'Georgian Snickers'" by young shanahan is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Today, the EU -Funded project “Establishing Efficient Protection and Control System of Geographical Indications (GIs) in Georgia” kicked off at the Sheraton Grand Tbilisi Metechi Palace.

The event marked the start of the Twinning aimed to promote effective quality policy related to geographical indications, to support fair competition and protection of GIs, to improve current situations for the benefit of Georgian population.

The project with the budget of 1.5 million Euro, is implemented by national authorities of Member States (Italy and France). The beneficiary of the project is National Intellectual Property Centre of Georgia.

The meeting was opened by the Ambassador of European Union Mr. Carl Hartzell, Ambassador of Italy Mr. Enrico Bartoli, a representative of French Embassy Ms. Ioulia Sauthier, Director of European Union assistance coordination and sectoral integration department Mr. Davit Bujiashvili, together with the Member States and BC Project Leaders, the chairman of Sakpatenti and the Resident Twinning Advisers.

The objective of the Twinning project is to support the development of “Appellations of Origin (AOs)” and “Geographical Indications (GIs)” systems in Georgia through the creation of effective supporting tools with the provisions of the European Union’s GIs protection system.

“The issue of geographical indications has been on the agenda of the EU in Georgia for many years now, and with good reason - GIs are both a way to allow Georgia to trade on the basis of its primary strengths to the large EU market, but also a means to effectively safeguard its unique production methods and cultural traditions. I am happy that the project launched today will be implemented by two EU champions in the field of GI, Italy and France. It's difficult to imagine better partners!”  noted Carl Hartzell, EU Ambassador to Georgia.

The project will run until January 2021 and is implemented by the Italian Ministry of Agricultural Food Forestry Policies (MIPAAF) and the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food (MAA).

       Expected results of the project are as follows:

  • To harmonies the Georgian GI legal framework with that of the EU;
  • To strengthen the role played by the Georgian authorities   and GI Producers’ Associations;
  • To establish an effective control system on GIs.

 

General Information:

This twinning is part of wider EU sector support to Georgia aiming to help the country in harmonizing GI system to European regulations. The Twinning represents a European Union Initiative, which brings together public sector expertise from EU Member States and Beneficiary countries with the aim of enhancing co-operative activities.  

 

Contacts Information:

Bartolomeo Filadelfia

Resident Twinning Adviser (RTA)

National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia

info.twinning@sakpatenti.org.ge;

cell phone: +995 599 844 072;

Ketevan Kiladze

Resident Twinning Adviser Counterpart (RTA)

National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia

kkiladze@sakpatenti.org.ge

cell phone: +995 595 244 254

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