Today, 16 November 2023, the Regulation on GI protection for craft and industrial products (CIGIR) enters into force, twenty days after its publication in the Official Journal of the EU. This Regulation represents a crucial development in protecting the names of craft and industrial products rooted in the authenticity and traditional skills of their regions. Examples of products include Limoges porcelain, Solingen knives, Carrara marble and Madeira embroidery, among others.
While Geographical Indication (GI) protection has long been available for agricultural products at European Union level, identifying products such as Prosciutto di Parma and Champagne, there has been no EU-wide GI protection for the names of craft and industrial products. This lack of uniform protection led to divergence in the protection of craft and industrial GIs throughout the EU. It meant that the producers had to rely on national rules in each Member State and seek different legal options to protect the names of their products against infringement. The new Regulation recognises this disparity and provides a harmonised framework for the protection of the names of these valuable EU craft and industrial products and opens the possibility for non-EU countries to obtain a uniform GI protection in the EU. Read more