The role of products with geographical indication in rural development
Keywords: products with geographical indication, multifunctionality, distinguished quality, added value
In accordance with Council Regulation (EEC) No 510/2006, geographical indications of products have two types, namely designation of origin and geographical indication.
Geographical indications are important in retaining the population of less developed areas through promoting rural development and preserving traditional, local methods. They help consumers to choose products by providing clear and concise information about the origin of the product. Moreover, these products become known all over Europe and their producers’ income will increase in return for real quality-improving efforts.
The application for Community-level protection with geographical indication is in progress for 11 Hungarian agricultural products and foodstuffs. We consider it important to extend their range; for example, the products in the “Traditions, Tastes, Regions” programme have a good chance of receiving Community protection. However, in order to achieve this, it is essential to encourage and to support production groups.