EU-New Zealand FTA – Public Consultation on Geographical Indications
New Zealand has just announced a further public consultation process concerning the protection of European GIs in New Zealand under their FTA negotiations.
As you will recall, Australian Grape & Wine provided an extensive submission to the previously released European GI list in the initial consultation. This latest consultation is concerning the proposed legal framework which New Zealand should adopt if it were to protect GIs.
Australian Grape & Wine will make a submission to this process and will collaborate with New Zealand winegrowers on the approach. This is a very technical area that concerns the rules around protection for all food products in New Zealand. It is critical for us to influence the rules for protection in New Zealand as will directly impact on future trade with New Zealand.