CCFN Calls on European Commission to Issue a List of Generic Names

March 2nd, 2020

In comments last month to the European Commission (EC) regarding its quality schemes, CCFN once again called on the EC to draw up a non-exhaustive list of generic names for which exclusive usage cannot be claimed.

“The absence of a list of names that the European Union (EU) considers to be generic and of objective criteria to determine what constitutes a generic name has long been a source of confusion which has negatively impacted the trade rights of international partners,” CCFN stated in the comments.

CCFN joined with the U.S. Dairy Export Council in providing the input during an open comment period the EC held regarding its quality schemes, including geographical indications (GIs). CCFN and USDEC also highlighted the lack of clarity and transparency in current GI schemes.

“When a product is granted GI status, the scope of protection afforded is often unclear, thus magnifying the likelihood of commerce challenges across the EU’s common market as well as with trading partners,” the comments state, concluding that “stricter criteria for the eligibility of GI protection should be provided for in order not to mislead consumers and to avoid unwarranted anti-competitive effects.”