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Strengthening International Research on Geographical Indications: from research foundation to consistent policy

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 6522

  • Start date

    1 May 2005

  • End date

    31 July 2008

Funded under:

FP6-POLICIES

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 300 182

  • EU contribution

    € 919 980

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

Objective

Geographical indications (GIs) for agri-food products are a major asset of the European model of agriculture, acting not only as a tool for protecting consumers' interests and reinforcing confidence in high-quality typical products, but also as a legal and commercial basis for the development of rural areas, the preservation of cultural heritage as well as the promotion of SMEs. GIs are also a global issue, regulated in international law by the WTO and warranting increasing attention world-wide. However, no comprehensive analytic framework and data set is yet available to assess their effects. The objective of the Strengthening INternational Research on Geographical Indications (SINER-GI) proposal is to build and share a coherent scientific basis world-wide, regarding economic, legal, institutional and socio-cultural conditions of success of GIs, in order to support their legitimacy in the framework of WTO negotiations.The project approach builds on a review and typology of products bearing a GI under different institutional and market frames in former and acceding EU Member states and in Third countries. This database will lead to the formulation of a robust analytical framework and of internationally relevant monitoring indicators. The conceptual model will then be applied to in-depth analysis of selected case-studies in extra-EU countries compared to EU. Long-term scenarios will be assessed; policy recommendations will address improvements needed to maximise GIs contribution as a driver for rural development and consumers' confidence.We advocate an explicit international approach, since confining the scope of research to EU countries would eventually weaken the project capacity to provide a more comprehensive and internationally grounded scientific foundation of this concept. This scientific work will give effective support for successful EU policy.

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Coordinator

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

Address

147 Rue De L'Universite
Paris

France

Participants (10)

UNIVERSITÀ DI STUDI DI FIRENZE

Italy

ASSOCIATION SUISSE POUR LE CONSEIL EN AGRICULTURE

Switzerland

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

United Kingdom

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

UNIVERSITY OF LATVIA

Latvia

UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI PARMA

Italy

INSTITUT ENSEIGNEMENT SUPERIEUR ET RECHERCHE EN ALIMENTATION SANTE ANIMALE SCIENCE AGRONOMIQUE ET ENVIRONEMENT

France

ORGANISATION FOR AN INTERNATIONAL GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATIONS NETWORK

Spain

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

United Kingdom

CENTRE DE COOPERATION INTERNATIONALE EN RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT

France

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 6522

  • Start date

    1 May 2005

  • End date

    31 July 2008

Funded under:

FP6-POLICIES

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 300 182

  • EU contribution

    € 919 980

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France