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Jus Vini n°1/2023 – Leading article

Jus Vini n°1/2023 has some originality regarding its leading article. A. Ribeiro de Almeida's initial contribution found an answer in B. O'Connor's article. While both texts are dealing with GI's on a European level, the opinion of both authors is different.

In order to allow the largest plurality of opinion, the Editors thought to present both articles in the same issue of Jus Vini. The aim is to have a debate. You can read the abstract of both article below:


A. Ribeiro de Almeida

Abstract: The European Union is drafting a reform of the legal framework for geographical indications. The role the European Union Intellectual Property Office will play in this reform as well as the competences to be retained by the European Commission are not yet clear. However, a major change in the political understanding of the role of GIs under European Union policy can be expected; not only the role of GIs but also their legal understanding – for those that still comprehend GIs as public goods – may follow another path. There also seems to be a move from a quality policy to a sustainability policy, which will represent a new challenge for the GI producer groups. Some of the changes that are foreseen seem to be inspired by the future regime of non-agricultural GIs. GIs face a new challenge for the future, especially concerning the prerequisites for the recognition of a GI producer group.


B. O'Connor

Abstract: This article examines the provisions on geographical indications in the European Commission's proposal to replace the 2012 EU Quality Regulation. It was written before the proposal was subject to detailed examination in the European Parliament and the Council. The article argues that the proposal is a missed opportunity to create a single instrument, like for all other forms of intellectual property, for geographical indications as such, and the need to better explore the concept of the link between a product's characteristics or qualities or reputation and its origin. The proposal does not give sufficient weight to the role of consumers and the wider society in preserving the cultures and traditions that this form of intellectual property seeks to protect.

Geographical Indications, European Law

Modernised Agreement between the EU and Chile should benefit trade

A modernised version of the agreement between the EU and Chile was enforced. Not only does it increases the number of wine and spirit that fall under the bilateral agreement, it also strenghten the commercial relationship between the two parties.

Read more on the European Commission's website.

European Law, Intellectual Property

European Watch list for Counterfeit and Piracy

The European Commission recently published a list which presents some known website and marketplaces that engange in counterfeit and piracy outside of Europe. This list works as a warning for companies and businesses in the EU.

Find the article on the European Commission's website.

Technical requirements, European Law

U-Label is ready for the new European reglementation

The EU published a reglementation for the wines companies to communicate mandatorily their list of ingredients for wines and aromatised wines. In order to assist companies with the technical elements, a platform was created by the CEEV and SpiritsEUROPE : U-Label. It is now fully fonctionnal and has already some companies using the platform.

Read the article on Ignacio Sanchez Ricarde's LinkedIn.

Featured, European Law, Labelling

Ingredients on wine label: a study on consumer’s perception

A study dealing with: "Wine labelling with the list of ingredients: context, consumer’s perception and future challenges" was just released in anticipation of the new European reglementation. The study questions the perception by the consumer of different types of ingredients on the label.

Read the study here.

Geographical Indications, European Law

New trade agreement between New-Zealand and the EU soon to be enforced

The New-Zealand Foreign Affairs and Trade Ministry just released a draft of an ongoing negociation for a Trade Agreement with the EU. As of yet, the Agreement offers to recognize and protect more than 2 000 european GI's.

Find the Agreement on NZ's Foreign Affairs and Trade website.

Featured, European Law

Wine Law in the European Union – Summer School – May 2022

The 11th edition of the Summer School will take place in Reims from 2 to 6 May 2022. The “Wine & Law in the EU” is a diploma course given in English, bringing together professors specializing in European and international wine law, and is aimed at an international audience of students and professionals specializing in European and international wine law.

More informations and application here.

European Law

The new CAP for the wine sector

Earlier this month, the UE published the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for the wine sector. The CAP intends to work as a guideline for the sector's actors.

Learn more on the CEEV website.

Appellation of Origin, European Law

The Munich Higher Regional Court gives credit to the Champagne PDO

The case is well known: an ice cream with Champagne as an ingredient was briefly sold by Aldi. The Comité Champagne opposed Aldi the status of Champagne as a Protected Designation of Origin. After several decisions brought by the German and european authorities, the Munich Higher Regional Court gives credit to the world's most famous PDO.

Find the article on Decanter.

European Law

Geographical indications and traditional specialities guaranteed

The Commission released a study on European GIs and TSGs and their consistency through all the European countries.

See the article here.

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