Consultation on Geographical Indications open
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) has released a consultation discussion document which seeks input on one of the European Union's key proposals in the EU-New Zealand negotiation on the framework for protection of geographical indications.
MFAT says the EU has put forward a number of proposals that, if accepted, would require significant changes to New Zealand's current law relating to geographical indications (GIs).
Part of free trade agreement negotiations
MFAT says New Zealand and the EU launched negotiations for a free trade agreement in June 2018.
It says that as part of the negotiation, the EU wants New Zealand to protect GIs in much the same way as they are protected in the EU. This would mean significant changes to existing New Zealand laws that give protection to GIs.
Submissions on the discussion document close at 5pm on Friday, 27 March 2020.
MFAT says the EU has put forward its proposals as part of its opening position in the free trade agreement negotiation. MFAT will negotiate these proposals as part of the wider negotiation of the range of issues addressed within the free trade agreement.
Last updated on the 5th December 2019