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2015/0203(NLE) EU/Morocco Agreement: protection of geographical indications and designations of origin for agricultural products, processed agricultural products, fish and fishery products and amending the EC/Morocco Euro-Mediterranean Association Agreement

Progress: Preparatory phase in Parliament

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead INTA VAN BREMPT Kathleen (icon: S&D S&D) KOVATCHEV Andrey (icon: EPP EPP), DECERLE Jérémy (icon: Renew Renew), FRAGKOS Emmanouil (icon: ECR ECR)
Former Responsible Committee INTA DE SARNEZ Marielle (icon: ALDE ALDE), LALONDE Patricia (icon: ALDE ALDE)
Committee Opinion AGRI
Committee Opinion PECH
Former Committee Opinion AGRI
Former Committee Opinion PECH VAN DALEN Peter (icon: ECR ECR)
Legal Basis:
TFEU 207-p4, TFEU 218-p6a, TFEU 218-p7

Events

2019/09/23
   EP - VAN BREMPT Kathleen (S&D) appointed as rapporteur in INTA
2015/10/22
   EP - DE SARNEZ Marielle (ALDE) appointed as rapporteur in INTA
2015/10/22
   EP - LALONDE Patricia (ALDE) appointed as rapporteur in INTA
2015/09/29
   EP - VAN DALEN Peter (ECR) appointed as rapporteur in PECH
2015/09/15
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
2015/09/15
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to conclude the Agreement in the form of an exchange of letters between the European Union and Morocco concerning protection of geographical indications and designations of origin for agricultural products, processed agricultural products, fish and fishery products.

PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act.

BACKGROUND: both Parties, the EU and Morocco, aim to protect geographical indications (GIs) on both sides in order to improve the conditions of bilateral trade, promote quality in the food chain and stimulate sustainable rural development under the terms of the Euro-Mediterranean Roadmap for Agriculture.

Article 9 of Protocol 1 and Article 8 of Protocol 2 to the Association Agreement with Morocco, as amended by the Agreement on Agriculture, made provision for opening negotiations with a view to concluding an agreement on the protection of geographical indications for agricultural products, processed agricultural products, fish and fishery products.

Those negotiations went smoothly and the present proposal is the result of bilateral negotiations concluded on 16 January 2015.

It is now necessary to conclude this Agreement on behalf of the European Union.

CONTENT: The agreement provides for protection of geographical indications (PDOs and PGIs) which are protected in the respective Parties.

For the EU, the main objectives of the Agreement are:

to foster the protection and use of geographical indications (Morocco will protect the full list of EU geographical indications), to intervene in the event of any misuse of EU geographical indications.

Morocco, for its part, has an interest to foster and protect its current geographical indications on EU territory and strengthen its relations with the EU.

The Agreement also aims to promote and enhance quality production.

Joint Committee and management of the Agreement : each of the Parties has conducted an examination and public consultation on the protection of its geographical indications and designations of origin. The Joint Committee has been entrusted with certain aspects of its implementation, in particular the power to amend certain technical aspects and certain Annexes thereto. The Commission should be authorised to represent the Union in the Joint Committee.

Documents

History

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