The Council today adopted new rules aimed at clarifying and improving the legal framework setting out the definition, description, presentation and labelling of spirit drinks, including their use in other foodstuffs and the protection of geographical indications (GIs).
EU wine measures have contributed to cost-effectiveness and increasing producer cooperation. As state aid rules for agriculture and forestry were found to be coherent and contributing to the common agricultural policy (CAP) objectives. These findings are part of two independently conducted studies evaluating the CAP measures applicable to the EU wine sector and state aid instruments for the EU agricultural and forestry sectors. Those we as part of the European Commission’s ongoing commitment to evaluate the effectiveness of the common agricultural policy.
Launched today 1 April 2019, the new public database ‘eAmbrosia – the EU Geographical Indications registers’ will give easy access to information on all EU Geographical Indications (GI), including their status (applied, published or registered), their product specification, and a direct link to the legal basis when they are officially protected.
The European Commission approved the addition of ‘Tequila’, a Mexican spirit drink, in the EU register of protected geographical indications (PGI). The protection was granted under the EU spirits regulation of 2012, giving it the same recognition as EU spirit geographical indications (GIs).