European Union Seminar: Benefits of Geographical Indications System for Agricultural Products

Date & Time: Tuesday 13 September 2016, 8:15am – 11am
Venue: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hospitality Suite 2, enter via show floor

About this Event

The Delegation of the European Union to Australia and the EU Centre at RMIT University would like to invite you to a seminar on how Australian producers of agricultural and food products could benefit from a system of Geographical Indications (GIs). You will learn how the European system of GIs works and benefits agricultural producers and regional development across Europe, and how a similar system might work in Australia. The seminar will be followed by a ‘tasting’ session where you can sample European GI products.

Seminar presenters will discuss how producers (especially small producers) of GI products in Europe are able to establish a stronger position in the supply chain, get a better price and a better share of the added value. The advantages for consumers will also be explored, including preventing the over standardisation of food and the development of a wider range of product choices. GIs also contribute to providing for consumers’ increasing interest in information on the origin of products and their specifications. Finally, GIs are a powerful tool for rural development allowing rural areas to maintain and increase economic activity.

The seminar will explore the following topics:

  • Introduction to GIs and the European agricultural economy
  • The benefits of GIs for European food producers and rural development
  • How the Australian system of wine GIs works and benefits producers
  • The potential benefits of a system of food GIs in Australia

Participants will also have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss issues in more detail with the presenters.

Register for this Event

Seating is limited at this event, so if you would like to attend the seminar, please contact the European Union Delegation to Australia by emailing before Monday 5 September 2016.

For venue & parking information please visit the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre website.

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