Eu Mexico Spirits Agreement
The lists attached to the agreement have been updated with the insertion of new terms by both parties. This brings the number of protected geographical indications in Mexico for EU spirits to 232 and to six geographical indications in Mexico. The agreement was originally concluded in 1997 and amended in 2004 to reflect the enlargement of the EU and the new Mexican SPIRITS GIS. The new update, published today in the EU`s Official Journal, will come into force on 31 January 2020. The European Union and Mexico today strengthened their cooperation in the protection of geographical indications (G.G.A.) by updating their agreement on mutual recognition and protection of the appellations of spirits. The sectoral annex to the trade in spirits wines and beverages was included in the “Trade in Goods” chapter. It deals with issues related to certification labelling and creates a subcommittee for wine and spirits trade and cooperation. After Mercosur, this is the second trade agreement that contains such an annex, which provides a very good model for future negotiations. “The agreement is a positive step towards continuing negotiations on a free trade agreement between the UK and Mexico, which would guarantee the strongest terms of trade for the British and Mexican spirits industries.” One of the EU`s main strategic priorities for modernisation has been to ensure the protection of 572 European food, wine and spirits products as part of their Geographical Indications System (GIs). Enclose these European labels in a trade agreement, American champagne producers and Australian feta producers from the Mexican market of about 130 million. Some 1,250 other non-EU names are protected within the EU, including through bilateral agreements such as this one with Mexico. In value terms, the market for geographical indications in the EU amounts to around EUR 74.8 billion, representing a total of 15.4% of total EU food and drink exports.
“This agreement is good news for the national beverages of Scotland and Mexico, which continue to be legally recognized in the world`s major export markets. Scotch whisky already has a legal definition in Mexico, but this agreement reflects the protection currently offered under the Mexico-EU agreement and guarantees the recognition of all British whiskies and Mexican spirit names. This spirit drink agreement will give Mexican consumers confidence that the Scotch whisky they enjoy will be distilled and matured in Scotland, in accordance with UK law. In 2018, 17% of EU agricultural and food exports to Mexico and 8% of Mexico`s agri-food exports to the European UNION, which corresponds to a two-way trade of EUR 355 million, demonstrating the vitality and importance of the spirits sector to both parties. On 28 April, at the height of the COVID crisis, the European Commission announced a new trade agreement with Mexico, which will include the EU-Mexico Spirit Drinks Agreement adopted in 1997. The EU and Mexico began negotiations on a new modernised agreement in May 2016, reached an agreement in principle in April 2018 and the final outstanding technical issues were resolved at the end of April 2020. Once the legal recuring is complete, the final text will be sent to the Council and the European Parliament for ratification. We will make our voice heard clearly in favour of this ratification! 4. If the parties are not agreed after the consultations in paragraphs 1 and 3, the contracting party who requested consultation or took the measures covered in paragraph 3 may take appropriate safeguards to allow the correct application of this agreement.