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April 14, 2003

EU: Canadian wine and spirit agreement closer

Progress has been made in negotiations between the European Union and Canada over a wide-ranging wine and spirits industry deal, according to EU agriculture Commissioner Franz Fischler.

Progress has been made in negotiations between the European Union and Canada over a wide-ranging wine and spirits industry deal, according to EU agriculture Commissioner Franz Fischler.


He told a meeting of the EU Council of Ministers for agriculture and fisheries that a draft agreement was ready for approval. He said it “presented certain advantages, (particularly) the ending by Canada of the use of certain names, the protection of geographical names, a positive list of oenological practices and a list of prohibited practices.”


Taking into account the intensifying debates at the World Trade Organisation over a global agreement on geographical indications, he called on the council to take a “quick decision” on the draft deal.

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