Georgia, Tbilisi, July 29 / Trend N. Kirtskhalia /
The EU and Georgia have initialed an agreement on the protection of geographical indications. It took place in the Georgian Foreign Ministry.
Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Davit Jalagania and Nicolas Verlet, director of international affairs at the European Commission's Directorate General for Agriculture signed it.
Verlet said that this is the first agreement of this type. "I am glad that I am today in Georgia and can contribute to the development of relations between Georgia and the EU", he said.
In his turn Jalagania stressed that this document will help Georgian wine producers to protect their products from counterfeiting in the 27 EU countries.
The agreement is designed to promote trade in agricultural products and foodstuffs between Georgia and the EU, as well as better protect consumer rights in the sense that they will not be misled about the true origin of the goods.
The use of geographical indication is a guarantee that the product has a distinctive quality, because it was produced in a particular region and as a result of specific processes.
Georgia became the first among the EU neighbor-states which concluded negotiations on that agreement. It demonstrates the convergence of positions between EU and Georgia on such issues as consumer protection and intellectual property, the European Commission said.