A High-Level GI Agreement Reached Between China and EU

October 28, 2020

Chinese President Xi Jinping held a video meeting in Beijing on the evening of September 14 with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President of the European Council Charles Michel, and President of the European Commission Von der Lein. The leaders of China and Europe announced the formal signing of the China-EU Geographical Indications (GI) Agreement.

It is reported that the GI Agreement signed by China and the EU this time is the first comprehensive and high-level GI Agreement signed by China with foreign countries. According to this agreement, China and the EU will each have 275, totaling 550 well-known and well-known GIs to achieve large-scale mutual recognition.

It is worth noting that the GIs included in this agreement not only involve alcohol, tea, agricultural products, food, etc., but also GIs with Chinese characteristics such as rice paper and Shu brocade that represent traditional Chinese culture. It was unprecedented for EU to sign a GI agreement involving more products than alcohol, tea, agricultural products and food etc.

(Source: CNIPA website)