In March, the CNIPA announced the approval of GI protection for 96 EU products, which are the first batch of products listed in the “China-European GI Agreement” and recommended by EU Commission, such as Cyprus Zinnia Wine, Ceske Budejovice Beer, Munich Beer, Danish Blue Cheese and Irish Whiskey Products. Prior to this, the EU Commission had issued a communiqué on February 9, confirming that the China-EU GI Agreement came into effect on March 1 and the first batch of 100 Chinese GI products have also been protected across the EU. As of now, China and the EU have a total of 110 Chinese GIs in Europe and 134 EU GIs in China.
In the next four years, both sides will advance the progress for the second batch in the China-EU list which comprises 175 GIs in China and the EU respectively.
(Source: China National Intellectual Property Strategy Network)