By Alexander Perdoni
The EU funded project “Support to the development of a Geographical Indications system in Ukraine” supports the implementation of the Association Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine concerning Geographical Indications in view of ensuring their protection and creating opportunities for Ukrainian producers of wine, spirit drinks, agricultural products and foodstuffs, to register their products as GIs. A Geographical Indication is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin.
The project has four main components: (1) Development of consistency between the Ukrainian legislation and the EU acquis concerning GIs, (2) support to marketing and rebranding processes of sensitive products, (3) assistance to Ukrainian producers to establish and register GIs, as well as strengthening of responsible institutional control and inspection bodies, and (4) development of rural development and tourism activities related to GIs. GFA Consulting Group is implementing this project with our partners DMI Associates and ADECIA.