SWG Head Office/Secretariat in close cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina organized a Round Table on: “Regulations, procedures for registration of products with Protected Designation of Origin (PDO), Protected Geographic Indication (PGI), and Traditional Specialty Guaranteed (TSG) – Opportunities for producers from South Eastern European (SEE) countries”.
The event was organized in cooperation and was supported by the SWG GTZ ORF Project:” “Improving the competitiveness of companies and organizations from Southeastern Europe in the agricultural and food sector through implementation of food quality standards and increased regional networking” and TAIEX multi country expert mission.
National legislations and procedures for registration of the agriculture and food products with PDO, PGI, TSG have been presented and disscussed by the Ministry representtaives and representtaives of the institutions responsible for PDO, PGI, TSG of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Food Safety Agency and Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations), Croatia (Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development), Macedonia (Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Economy) and Serbia (Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management).
At the same time, the participants were introduced with the EU legislation regarding the PDO, PGI, TSG (the TAIEX expert – Mrs. Marie Quéré, representative of the Institut National de l’Origine et de la Qualité –INAO, France) and with the opportunities for producers from the candidate and potentail candidate countries for registration of products with PDO,PGI and TSG directly in the EU (Prof. Sonja Srbinovska from the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Food, University St.”Cyril and Methodius”, Skopje, Macedonia). The Control, Certification and Promotion of Products with PDO, PGI, TSG has been also presented at the round table.
- The main conclusion was that all the counties share similar problems, and have to share the experiences as well as, to try and adapt the already implemented positive examples from the other countries in the SEE, especially from the new EU member states;
- National legislation related to PDO, PGI, TSG has been developed in the SEE countries; still the emphasis should be given on development of secondary legislation/ implementing acts;
- Future activities should be focused on harmonization of the national legislations with the EU Regulations (for the countries which still has not completed this process);
- Inter-institutional cooperation/communication in some of the participating countries is still weak and should be strengthened in the future;
- The experiences of other countries should be used, but simple “copy –paste” should be avoid;
- The PDO, PGI and TSG gives an excellent opportunity for producers, but still “the common sense“ of producers should be developed in the future;
- The European Fund for Rural Development offers possibility for utilization of funds for promotion measures also for the EU candidate and potential candidate countries;
- There is a lot of space for regional cooperation within the sector, mostly on the topics related to legal framework and institution set-up, division of responsibilities among different institutions as, well as procedures;
- Registration of joint cross-border products is a great opportunity, which should be considered in the future;
- Cooperation with TAIEX in organization of regional round table discussions with participation of Ministry representatives and experts from several SEE countries was evaluated as very useful and should be practiced in the future.