Financial observation: new opportunities for China-EU Economic and Trade Cooperation-- European exhibitors discuss the China-EU Geographic indications Agreement
Shanghai, 10 Nov (Xinhua) Financial and economic observation: China-EU economic and trade cooperation ushered in new opportunities-- European exhibitors hot discussion on China-EU geographical indications agreement
Xinhua News Agency reporter Qiao Jihong
At the second session of China International Import Expo, European exhibitors fully affirmed the China-EU geographical indications agreement reached recently, saying that this will bring new opportunities to China-EU economic and trade cooperation in the field of agricultural products and food, and will further deepen bilateral economic and trade exchanges.
In an exclusive interview with Xinhua News Agency at the exhibition site, Konstantinos, director of international marketing and sales of the Greek dairy company, said that the company is very pleased with the conclusion of the China-EU geographical indications agreement, which means that the two sides will strengthen the protection of products of origin. It is conducive to prevent the emergence of fake and shoddy products, so that consumers can really come into contact with high-quality products.
Geographical indication is an important indication of the origin of products, which belongs to a kind of intellectual property rights. The agreement will protect 100 landmark products each of China and the EU, and an additional 175 landmark products will be added four years after the entry into force of the agreement. According to reports, EU landmark products include Feda cheese, Parma ham, champagne and Irish Whiskey, while Chinese landmark products include Anji White Tea, Pixian Douban, Panjin Rice and Gannan navel Orange.
Greek dairy company is the largest producer of Greek Feda cheese. Konstantinos says landmarks are synonymous with special craftsmanship and high quality and are more expensive than ordinary products of the same kind. In the case of Feda cheese, for example, the ratio of sheep's milk to goat's milk is very strict, and not any kind of saltwater white cheese is Feda cheese. "the conclusion of the China-EU geographical indications agreement is a strong protection of intellectual property rights."
The China-EU Agreement on Geographical indications is the first comprehensive and high-level bilateral agreement on the protection of geographical indications negotiated by China. Both China and the EU believe that the agreement will be a milestone in promoting the high-quality development of bilateral economic and trade relations. "this is a win-win agreement that will strengthen EU-China trade relations for the benefit of agriculture, food and consumers on both sides," said Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission. "
Zhang Ying, president of Limageland China, a French agricultural group, told reporters that after 22 years of development in the Chinese market, the group deeply felt that "the Chinese market is becoming more and more open and China attaches more and more importance to intellectual property protection, which has given us a lot of confidence." The new China-EU geographical indications agreement reflects China's firm determination to strengthen the protection of intellectual property rights, including geographical indications. "this will help us accelerate the development of the Chinese market."
China is the EU's second largest consumer market for agricultural products in the world, with EU exports of agricultural products totaling US $14.2 billion in the year to August, according to the European Commission.
"China's economy is growing, the income level of the Chinese people is constantly improving, and there are more and more outbound tourists. The recognition and acceptance of high-quality Greek products has been increasing," Konstantinos said. "the company's business in China has grown rapidly in the past three years, and this momentum will continue, and we are very optimistic about the Chinese market."
Meng Fan, chief representative of the French Pig Industry Federation in China, also told reporters at the exhibition that the demand of Chinese consumers for all kinds of high-quality European products is increasing year by year, and mutual commercial trust between Europe and China is constantly strengthening. in the future, the association will strengthen the development of the Chinese market. Introduce more high-quality French meat products to Chinese consumers.