EU agricultural export to China and GIs protection

In this short and sweet Q&A the EU Commission announces that the budget for promotion measures aimed at the Chinese market will be more than doubled by 2019. Moreover, something seems to be in the pipeline for a GIs protection bilateral agreement.

Question for written answer to the Commission – Matt Carthy (GUE/NGL) – 26th June 2015

What actions has the Commission taken to increase the penetration of European dairy, pigmeat, lamb and other agricultural exports on the Chinese market in a fair and sustainable manner?

Answer given by Mr Hogan on behalf of the Commission – 31st August 2015

Different actions and measures are put in place to stimulate trade in agricultural products. The Commission services are paying particular attention to trade in agricultural products from the EU to China. DG SANTE and DG AGRI officials are in permanent contact with the Chinese authorities to clarify the current standards and different requirements and to decide on next steps necessary to ensure a fair and sustainable trade between the two sides.

The Commission is also supporting the diversification of export markets for EU agricultural exports via a significantly increased budget for promotion measures — from EUR 60 million to EUR 200 million a year by 2019.

In addition, the EU is currently negotiating with China a bilateral agreement on the protection of geographical indications (GIs), aiming at a protection in China of a list of EU GIs. One hundred names for agricultural products, including dairy and meat products are currently on that list. A positive conclusion of these negotiations would further support the EU’s efforts to maximise trade in agricultural products between the EU and China.

(Source: European Parliament)