Food Law News - EU - 2013

Council Press Release, 2 and 3 December 2013

SPIRITS - Spirit drinks - Amendment of the list of geographical indications - Council discussions

The following is an extract from the minutes of the Competitiveness (Internal Market, Industry, Research and Space) meeting held in Brussels, 2 and 3 December 2013

The Council decided not to oppose the adoption of a Commission's amendments to annexes II and III to regulation 110/2008 on the definition, description, presentation, labelling and the protection of geographical indications of spirit drinks (15404/13; 15405/13)

The amendment on annex II adjusts the definition of the categories of some spirit drinks such as gin or distilled gin. In addition the amendments on annex III add new spirit drinks to the list of products protected by a geographical indication (Fruit spirit from Hungary, Polish or Lithuanian flavoured vodka and Rum from Guatemala).

These Commission regulations are subject to the so called regulatory procedure with scrutiny. This means that now that the Council has given its consent, the Commission may adopt the regulation, unless the European Parliament objects.

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