6 March 2022 News

The role of Regions in the process of modification of GIs product specifications

The presentation analyses how Regions support producers associations in the process of modification of GIs product specifications. In France, Italy and Spain, regional administrations represent a key-player in the process of definition of products specifications. Thanks to their competence in rural development policy, they actively support producers during the whole process of GI registration: from the preliminary impact assessment and the identification of product quality standards, to the presentation of amendment requests for registered GIs. The presentation will focus in particular on several practical examples, analysing how different regional practices try to address the balance between tradition and innovation, acting as a mediator among different categories of stakeholders during the modification process. Successful practices and recurring problems will be presented.