Through its comprehensive participation in the 2023 biennial assembly of the “oriGIn” Organization and in the contextual International Conference on Geographical Indications (II.GG.), Italy confirms its leading role in the promotion and protection of designations of origin also in a multilateral context.
In fact, in addition to the attendance of officials from the Permanent Representation in Geneva, the Italian qualified participation in the event saw the interventions of the MEP Hon. Paolo De Castro, as well as of the President of “oriGIn ” Riccardo Deserti, confirmed in his position during the statutory assembly, and the Managing Director of the same organization Massimo Vittori.
President Deserti underlined how “protecting the II.GG everywhere means defending a public good, because II.GG. products transfer benefits to the entire supply chain of the various territories”, while Hon. De Castro underlined the primary relevance of the II.GG., as “the spearhead of European agricultural production”.
At the same time, a leading role was also played by the six well-known Italian consortia present in Geneva: Parmigiano Reggiano, Grana Padano, Consorzio Nazionale Grappa, Consorzio Tutela Tutela Balsamico Vinegar of Modena, Consorzio Tutela Prosecco DOC and Istituto Salami Italiani Tutelati).
“oriGIn” is a global alliance that includes 40 countries, including Italy, representing around 600 producer associations in multiple sectors, not only agricultural, with the aim of promoting the legal protection and application of Identifications Geographical at national, regional and international levels as a sustainable development tool for producers and local communities.
Italy is committed within WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization), in coalition with member countries from all geographical areas, for the strengthening the Lisbon system for the protection of indications of origin as an element of economic promotion of the territories.
See also: oriGIn press release