Start date : month 3 (02/2001)

Completion date : month 18 (05/2002)


Team of the WP 1



  • clarifying the various definitions of OLP in agro-food system in different European countries, and their relationships with other typologies of high-quality food products, according to the specifics of the various scientific disciplines involved (ethnology, economy, sociology, biology, geography, etc…),
  • collecting information about OLPs in different European countries, and about instruments used till now to "measure" traditionality and typicity in agro-food system,
  • analysing the modalities by which the law in different countries is defined and protected OLPs, with special reference to the ways and mechanisms by which each member State has implemented EEC Regulation n. 2081/92,
  • assessing the legal protection of OLP with regards to EU and WTO regulations and providing EU with diagnosis of negotiation basis,
  • identifying needs for further research.

Two plenary meetings are planned.
In the first meeting, each participant group brings experiences and results of research activities in its country of origin with reference to previous mentioned objectives of the WP, and identifies the most important topics and issues to be developed and deepened for the second meeting of Task1. The first plenary meeting will give the opportunity to exchange research results and methodologies, to discuss the main issues in order to meet the objectives, and to select relevant common issues to be developed.
Development of selected issues will be based on bibliographical research, discussions and interviews with firms, public institutions and other relevant operators, information and experience exchanges within WP1 participants.
The second plenary meeting will put together further development of research activities, and the results of the activity will be brought on to develop the selected specific issues.


  • WP1 report about the state of the art on the basis of meeting minutes, including bibliographical analysis and special part collecting reports on selected relevant issues. The report gives also a basic support to EU for WTO negotiation process.
  • Part 1 of the preliminary working document on WTO's negotiation.