The new legal framework for EU Quality Products: opportunities and challenges for mountain and GI products

April 10, 2024
Committee of the Regions, Room JD51 – Brussels, Belgium

In the framework of the Horizon2020 MOVING project, AREPO, Euromontana and oriGIn EU hosted a conference on April 10th, 2024 (14:00 – 19:30), at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels, Belgium. The event gathered EU Institutions, Regional governments, Producers of mountain and of Geographical Indications (GIs) products, and EU stakeholders from the agri-food sector, to discuss the new EU legal framework for Quality Products.

The focus was placed on the impact of the changes introduced by the new GI and quality terms regulation and the opportunities they open up. Above all, participants discussed the place of EU geographical indications and quality products in the future CAP and the role they play in the sustainable development of our rural and remote areas.

A session was devoted to the implementation of the Optional Quality Term ‘Mountain Product’, the most recent among EU quality schemes. Within MOVING, AREPO together with HCC and Euromontana worked on a survey to report the state of the art of the implementation of the OQT Mountain Product across EU. The main results and the policy recommendations elaborated were presented during the conference, to discuss how to strengthen this OQT and how to increase its added value for the ecological resilience, attractiveness and socio-economic development of mountain areas.

Presentations and recordings:

1. Welcome address

2. Introduction to the MOVING project, Mar Delgado (UCO) | Presentation, Video

3. Making the most of the new EU GI Regulation, Diego Canga Fano (Director in charge of Outreach, Research & Geographical Indications, DG Agri, European Commission) | Video

4. Round table, moderated by Angelo Di Mambro, Agrifood Editor at Euractiv | Video

  • Anne Sander, MEP and shadow rapporteur for the GI revision, Quaestor of the European Parliament
  • Irène Tolleret, MEP and shadow rapporteur for the GI revision, European Parliament
  • Sébastien Breton, member of oriGIn EU and General Delegate of the Conseil National des Appellations d’Origine Laitières (CNAOL)
  • Federico Moncunill, member of oriGIn EU and Secretary General of the Regulatory Council of the PGI Jijona and PGI Turrón de Alicante
  • Alessio Mammi, Regional Minister for Agriculture of Emilia-Romagna
  • Katerina Zografu, Vice-governor of Central Macedonia Region

5. Conclusive remarks

  • Paolo De Castro, MEP and rapporteur for the GI revision, European Parliament | Video
  • Nicola Bertinelli, President of the Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano Reggiano | Video

6. Implementation of the EU optional quality term “mountain product”

  • Guillaume Corradino, Director of Euromontana | Presentation, Video
  • Giulia Scaglioni, Policy officer of AREPO | Presentation, Video
  • Celine Keidel, Deputy Head of Unit, Unit F.3 – Geographical Indications, DG AGRI, European Commission | Video

7. National case studies

  • Cătălina Rogozan, Highclere Consulting (Romania) | Presentation, Video
  • Angelo Romagnoli, mountain producer of Parmigiano Reggiano PDO, Caseificio Canevaccia (Bologna – Italy) | Presentation, Video
  • Yves Grandemange, dairy farmer in the Vosges mountains and member of the FNPL (Fédération Nationale des Producteurs de Lait – France) | Video

8. Conclusions, Charles Deparis (President of oriGIn EU and President of the producer organisation of Camembert de Normandie and Pont l’Évêque) | Video