The European Union and its allies have made a significant concession over the battle to establish a global register of geographical indications for wine and spirits.

Made at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations in Geneva, the move by the EU is being seen as an olive branch, which may be the basis for a future deal. 

The EU has moved away from calls for a binding arbitration system for any registration that is disputed by a WTO member country. Instead it has said that if no agreement could be reached, then a particular designation would not be protected in the challenging country.

This position was supported by the Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Georgia, Iceland, Malta, Mauritius, Moldova, Nigeria, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Switzerland and Turkey governments.