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Generalties about geographical indications



  • The conflict between geographical indications and trademarks / Le conflit entre indications géographiques et marques
    18-19/03/2004 Reims (France) -

  • 2nd European Conference on rural development: "Planting seeds for rural futures - Rural policy perspectives for a wider Europe"
    From 12-14 November 2003, the European Commission will hold a major conference about the future of rural development. The 'Planting seeds for rural futures - rural policy perspectives for a wider Europe' conference will take place in Salzburg, Austria. Its purpose is to provide an opportunity for a wide reflection on the experience of the current generation of rural development programmes (2000 - 2006) which receive EU funding and to set the priorities for the future rural development policy for the next programming period from 2007 onwards in an enlarged EU.

  • Agricultural Policy Reform and the WTO: Where are We Heading ? Capri (Italy), June 23-26, 2003 - (papers to download)

  • 6th International Conference on Chain and Network Management in Agribusiness and the Food Industry
    Ede, The Netherlands, 27-28 May 2004, Wageningen University & Research Centre Agri Chain Competence Center

  • 6th International Livestock Farming System Symposium:
    Product quality based on local resources and its potential contribution to improved sustainability

    26/29 August 2003 - Benevento - Italy

  • Worldwide Symposium on Geographical Indications, San Francisco, California - July 9 to 11, 2003
    Organised by the WIPO -
  • Farming and Rural Systems Research and Extension European - Sixth IFSA European Symposium
    Farming and Society in Search of a New Social Contract - Learning to Manage Change
    First Announcement and Call for Papers
    Vila Real, Portugal - April 4 - 7, 2004
    See attached text with detailed information in PDF format

  • EFITA: European Federation for Information Technology in AGriculture, Food and Environment
    Information Technology for a better agri-food sector, environment and rural living
    5-9 July 2003 -in Debrecen-Budapest, Hungary -

  • SFER
    - SFER Meeting : « La politique de la concurrence dans l’agroalimentaire », 11-12 march 2003 - program in french : PDF -
    - European Doctoral Meeting : Food, Agriculture, Environnement & Development in Economics Business, Social Sciences. From 19/06/2003 at 20/06/2003 in Campus Agro-Montpellier/INRA, 2, place Viala, MONTPELLIER (34) - France

  • XXth Congress of the European Society for Rural Sociology : "Work, Leisure and Development in Rural Europe Today" - 18-22, August, 2003, Sligo, Ireland - Short programme in PDF format (3 pages) - Full programme in PDF format (16 pages)



  • DOLPHINS 3rd meeting :

    • The economics of food quality : food enterprises, networks, process & governance (Seamus O'Reilly, University College Cork, Department of Food Business & Development, Ireland) - paper on PDF format -

    • Geographical Indications - Review of TRIPs Negotiations (Dwijen Rangnekar, Senior Research Fellow on Policy Innovation, School of Public Policy, University College London) - Powerpoint in english on PDF format -

  • Séminaire Systèmes d'élevage et typicité des produits laitiers 15-16 janvier 2003
    Près de
    Clermont-Ferrand, Une cinquantaine de chercheurs et ingénieurs de Développement,
    participants ou associés au programme INRA-INAO sur les AOC-IGP.
    Des débats en groupe plénier et en ateliers spécifiques aux différents thèmes.

    Co-organisé par l'INRA et l'INAO.
    Accès à la liste des participants et au Programme et à toutes les Communications

  • Proceedings of the symposium on the International Protection of Geographical Indications
    Montevideo, November 28 and 29, 2001 (english)
    Actes du colloque sur la protection internationale des indications géographiques (french)

  • EAAE 1997 : Proceeding of the EAAE Seminar of Parma, Italy
    Typical and traditional productions: Rural effect and agro-industrial problems
    52nd EAAE Seminar - Parma, June 19-21 1997

  • EAAE 2002: "Exploring Diversity in the European Agri-food System"
    Xth Congress European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE)
    28-31 August 2002 Zaragoza (Spain) - Program Commitee chairman: Jean Christophe Bureau (France)
    To obtain more information about the Congress:



  • Multifunctionality: The Policy Implications - Multifonctionnalité: Conséquences pour l'action publique (124 p.)
    Building on the path-breaking work Multifunctionality: Towards an Analytical Framework, this report takes the subject a step further. It attempts to guide policy-makers to the best possible decisions taking account of the multifunctional character of agriculture. The guiding principle, as in the earlier work, is that considerable rigour is required if optimal solutions are to be identified. Careful definition, quantification and monitoring are required at all stages in the process of analysing and implementing effective policies.
    Presentation :
    PDF file :

  • Koert van Ittersum thesis:
    The Role of Region of Origin in Consumer Decision-Making and Choice

    Publication: 10 December 2001, Pages 176 - Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands
    Localisation: Wageningen University, Marketing and Consumer Behavior Group, Hollandseweg 1, 6706 KN, Wageningen, The netherlands -
    Summary in PDF format - The Mansholt Graduate School will print hardcopies which will be sold for approximately 22 Euros. Contact the marketing department at Wageningen University (secretary Ellen Vossen) to obtain the thesis. Can be downloaded (for free) from the following address: - Abstrat in french (4p.) : PDF

  • WTO

India, the European Union and Geographical Indications (GI) : Convergence of Interests and Challenges Ahead
by Sachin Chaturvedi from the Research and Information for Non-Aligned and Other Developing countries (RIS), New Delhi.
This paper was presented at the International seminar on "India, The European Union, and the WTO" at New Delhi the 16-17 October 2002.

Report on US Barriers to Trade and Investment, 2000
Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications 53p.

WTO Agriculture Negociations: Backgrounder
Update Phase 2: geographical indications

WTO: Europe's position in the WTO farm trade talks
Publications, EC position papers, Press releases & Speeches, Dispute settlement, Hearing with NGOs, Trade Directorate General, WTO [Important notice]

Geographical indications
Proposal for a council regulation amending regulation (EEC) N° 2081/92 on the protection of geographical indications and designations of origin 2002/03/15 (PDF) - Special session of the Committee on Agriculture Informal meeting 24-26 September 2001 - Non-paper from the European Communities (PDF 2 pages)

UE position about PDO for the WTO discussion:

PDO-PGI Final report : FAIR 1-CT95-0306 : Protected Designations of Origin and Protected Geographical Indications in Europe: Regulation Or Policy ? Recommendations - Dominique Barjolle*And Bertil Sylvander**, June 2000 , 53 pages (PDF)

Towards a Common Agricultural and Rural Policy for Europe - "Buckwell Report" - 1997
Report of an Expert Group - Convened by Commission of European Communities



  • Press release and Poster of DOLPHINS Concerted Action (see Press in the DOLPHINS part).

  • Agricultural Policy and Rural Development:
    Rural Europe, the web site of the Leader program

  • EIARD: European Initiative for Agricultural Research for Development
    It represents the 18 partners and is an informal platform of co-ordination to discuss both European research and development policies related to ARD. The ECG members are appointed by their respective governments and the European Commission. They are expected to represent and pro-actively address both policy areas.

  • Web information service for agricultural research for developpement
    WISARD is a web-based information system focusing on projects, organizations, outputs and technologies in the field of agricultural and rural development, and natural resources management.

  • Agriculture Network Information Center
    AgNIC is a guide to quality agricultural information on the Internet as selected by the National Agricultural Library, Land-Grant Universities, and other institutions.

  • International Institute for Sustainable Development
    The network focuses its efforts on integrating Internet communications into broader communication strategies. Our understanding of communications includes:
    internal communications necessary for international virtual project teams within civil society organizations (CSOs) to work together on sustainable development research; and external communications necessary for CSOs to communicate their perspectives with government and business decision-makers so as to engage these other sectors in sustainable development solutions.