Progress has been made in negotiations between the European Union and Canada. (Business Briefs).
Progress has been made in negotiations between the European Union and Canada over a wide-ranging wine and spirits industry deal, according
to EU agriculture Commissioner Franz Fischler. He told a meeting of the
EU Council of Ministers for agriculture and fisheries that a draft
agreement was ready for approval. He said it "presented certain
advantages, (particularly) the ending by Canada of the use of certain
names, the protection of geographical names, a positive list of
oenological practices and a list of prohibited practices." Taking
into account the intensifying debates at the World Trade Organization
over a global agreement on geographical indications, he called on the
council to take a "quick decision" on the draft deal.