Ukraine bans imports of ‘cognacs’ from outside France
The original cognac is produced in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in France (Photo:Shaiith79/Depositphotos)
Ukraine from Nov. 1 stopped importing products labeled as Cognac that do not meet the technical conditions to merit this name, in accordance with the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine, the press service of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy reported.
The agreement provides for mutual protection of a certain number of geographical indications (GIs), including Cognac, in Ukraine.
The use of the name Cognac for products that do not originate from the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in France does not meet the technical conditions for the production of the drink.
Accordingly, it is now prohibited on the territory of Ukraine.
The decision was made in January, but a transition period was established so that importers could change the labels on their products. Ukrvinprom and the National Interprofessional Bureau of Cognac will be responsible for the protection of Cognac.
It is worth noting that in 2020 the market volume of products with protected names exceeded EUR 75 billion per year, which is equivalent to 15% of all agricultural exports from the European Union.
In 2021, Armenia stopped calling its products cognac, and received compensation from the EU of EUR 3 million.
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