EU: Switzerland, EU expand trade deal
A revised food and drink trade agreement between the EU and Switzerland will provide wines and spirits from the 12 countries joining the EU since 2004 with geographical indication protection on the Swiss market.
EU member state ministers are expected to rubber-stamp the changes today (May 20). The revised deal also extends the amount of Spanish wines with geographical indication protection in Switzerland.
These protected wines and spirit names cannot be used in Swiss markets unless the products were made in their traditional home regions.
Swiss wine and spirit producers will get similar protection in the 12 EU member states that have joined the bloc since 2004, including Poland, Czech Republic and Bulgaria.
In future a special EU-Swiss joint committee on agriculture could amend the deal.
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