A constant comparison between Consortiums to encourage the homogeneous development of geographical indications. It is one of the objectives that also in 2019 will be at the center of Origin Italia’s mission (former Aicig) which, thanks to the change in the statute of last November, aims to welcome new members from the world of cured meats and cheeses.
Origin Italia will be present in Siena on 5 February for the Qualitita Kickoff where the point will be made on geographical indications and on the growth opportunities of the denomination system. At agricultura.it we talked about it with the president Nicola Cesare Baldrighi.
What is the 2018 budget? «2018 marked progress for the PDO PGI, both as the number of EU registrations (with the latest in terms of the PGI Lucanica del Picerno, which follows the PGI Cioccolato di Modica the Italian denominations PDO, PGI, TSG are 299 , on the EU total of 1441) – both as market data. Value: to production: 6.96 billion euros (with wines 15.2 billion euros, 18% of the agri-food sector); to consumption 14.7 billion euros; 3.5 billion euro export for a total of 83700 operators. The Protection Consortia comprise 131 (231 vigilante agents, of which 108 are Public Security agents) ».
What are the prospects for 2019? «At the meeting of November 30 of the statutory change Aicig took the name Origin Italy, in order to relate with Origin EU, the association founded in Brussels last March to bring together the EU producer organizations, and with the international network Origin , founded in Geneva in 2003 to represent the producers of Geographical Indications of the various continents. In addition, with the change in the Articles of Association, the associations of the various DOP IGP product groups, such as Afidop for cheese and Isit for cured meats, can also be associated with Origin Italia, representing almost 95% of the value of protected Italian products. Then, with EU free trade agreements with third countries, such as CETA with Canada already in place or with Japan in force since February 1, 2019, it is expected that export flows will increase. The market is particularly positive for many cheeses ».
What is the future of PDOs and PGI “There are three areas that will determine the prospects of the near future: new CAP, whose proposal, despite the 6 thousand amendments, provides key points for PDO and PGI such as their best protection on the market or the reduction of time and simplification in the procedures for the modification of production regulations; the application and negotiation of free trade agreements, for which it becomes essential to interact with the Protection Consortia which have registered trademarks in third countries and which may be holders of the intellectual property right; to ensure that EU member countries apply ex officio protection, ie the obligation under EU regulation n.1151 / 12 to intervene to protect geographical indications ».