Thursday, 24 September 2020

Questions (296)

Carol Nolan

Question:

296. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of the PGI submission by a group (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26180/20]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

EU quality designations aim to protect the names of specific products to promote their unique characteristics linked to their geographical origin . They are not only an indication of provenance and geographic origin – they are built on the reputation and quality of a specific product. A geographical indication communicates a message of quality and authenticity to consumers.

An application for the registration of a protected geographical indication was received by my Department from the group concerned on 30th December 2019. A number of iterations have been received from the group concerned since then, the most recent having been received on 14 September 2020. The application is currently being examined to determine compliance with the EU requirements.