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What is the EU protecting with its “Protected Designation of Origin” and its “Protected Geographical Indicator” labels? Protected Designations of Origin (PDO) and Protected Geographical Indicators (PGI) represent a rich tradition and history of local and specialized agricultural production. Various regions are home to famous food and beverage products that bear names symbolizing their authentic agricultural origins. And these names often represent centuries of respected culinary practices, agrarian traditions, and local expertise. Protected products may also be linked to a specific...
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Malmström and Froman discussed upcoming TTIP negotiations

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström today met with her American counterpart, US Trade Representative Michael Froman, in Washington DC. The purpose of the meeting was to take stock of the ongoing negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Both sides agreed on the need to accelerate discussions and achieve progress in all areas under negotiation. To give an additional boost to the talks, contacts between negotiating teams will be intensified. “We need to intensify the pace of our negotiations....
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Putting our SMEs at the heart of the transatlantic trade and investment agenda

By EU Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs at the Atlantic Council, Washington DC Ladies and Gentlemen, it is a pleasure to be here. The Atlantic Council has a proud history in promoting engagement and cooperation between our two continents. And you continue to do important work, reminding both sides of our strong links to each other and exploring new ways of moving forward. Thank you. What I want to talk to you about today is how the...
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Report on the 10th Round of Negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

The Commission today made public the report on the 10th round of negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which took place from 13-17 July 2015 in Brussels. The text is now available online. This publication is part of the Commission’s transparency initiative and in line with the commitment to publish more information about the negotiations, along with legal proposals, position papers and other material. Other new documents released today include a paper for cooperation on textiles,...
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Geographical Indications (GIs) Why they Matter to YOU!

The EU has a rich history of local and specialized agricultural production.  Many famous European products are closely linked to their place of origin: Parma Ham, Roquefort cheese, or Champagne, to name just a few. As a result, Geographical Indications (GIs)—forms of identification that certify that a product has originated in a region or locality in a particular country—are a very important part of EU policy. The reputation for quality or authenticity of a GI product is intimately linked to...
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Statement by EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström on the European Parliament’s vote on the TTIP resolution

Today’s vote in Parliament establishes a strong and forward-looking political platform as we continue our TTIP negotiations. That’s my urgent task in the months ahead, and it’s clear from today’s vote that only an ambitious, comprehensive and balanced agreement which demonstrably delivers jobs and growth in Europe will obtain democratic backing. That is what I am seeking with our US partners. What today’s vote also signals is that the old system of investor-state dispute settlement should not and cannot be...
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TTIP: ease access to US market, protect EU standards, reform dispute settlement

An EU-US trade deal must open up US market access for EU firms, but must not undermine EU standards, say MEPs in recommendations, voted Wednesday, to EU trade negotiators. To settle trade-related investor-state disputes, a new justice system, run by publicly-appointed judges and subject to scrutiny and transparency rules, should replace private arbitration under the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) system, they add. Parliament approved its recommendations to European Commission Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiators by 436 votes...
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EU Parliament: Plenary highlights: Greece, TTIP, emissions trading reform

The Greece debt crisis took centre stage during July's plenary session, as Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras came to Strasbourg to discuss the search for solutions. MEPs also adopted their recommendations for Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and approved a reform of the EU's emissions trading scheme that should boost incentives for green investments. Read on for our summary of what happened in Strasbourg in a busy summer week. MEPs held a heated debate with Tsipras, European Council President...

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