On 12 March, the European Commission published a study on the Economic Aspects of Geographical Indication (GI) protection at EU level for non-agricultural products.
The study analyses the landscape of non-agricultural GIs products in EU countries as well as the potential effects on consumers, producers and regions of the introduction of a sui generis regime for non-agricultural GIs in the EU. The main conclusion is that a EU sui generis system for non-agricultural GIs would be beneficial for both consumers and producers. From the point of view of consumers, it would increase market transparency as well as reduce the presence of non-authentic products and other misleading practices. As for producers, such a regime would increase revenues as well as generate spill-over effects in their regions.