The Ministry of Agricultural, Forestry and Tourism Policies, in collaboration with the protection consortia and producers, has achieved an important result for the international protection of geographical indications.
In fact, within the framework of the procedure for the entry into force of the Free Trade Agreement between the EU and Singapore, Italy has obtained registration and protection by the competent local authorities (Intellectual Property Office of Singapore – IPOS), of as many as 36 Geographical Indicationsincluding Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, Parma Ham, San Daniele Ham, Asiago, Fontina, Gorgonzola, Grana Padano, Buffalo Mozzarella Campana, Sicilian Blood Orange, South Tyrolean Apples, Grappa, Chianti, Franciacorta, Prosecco and various others among the most important Italian denominations of excellence. We are now awaiting the conclusion of the assessment procedure by IPOS for further protection and registration applications submitted by the Italian Consortia.
“The bilateral agreement signed with Singapore – declares the Minister of Agricultural Policies, Gian Marco Centinaio – is a truly significant result for the entire Italian agri-food system. A goal that allows us to have, in a small, but rich country, the legal instrument necessary to be able to defend our geographical indications against imitations that harm not only Italian producers but also local consumers, on whose tables there is the risk of passing peddled products for Italians who actually have nothing to do with the high quality standards and impeccable control systems of our supply chains. This agreement adds to the excellent work we are doing to combat and eradicate the phenomenon of abuse of Italian geographical indications and counterfeiting of our country’s quality agri-foodstuffs, in international defense of our renowned and prestigious PGI, PDO, DOC and DOCG wines”.