Since Ukraine gained independence in 1991, the European Union and Ukraine have developed an increasingly dynamic relationship. Ukraine is a priority partner country within the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) and the Eastern Partnership. The Association Agreement, including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area Agreement (DCFTA), provides the current legal framework for EU-Ukraine relations. The Agreement encourages developing a broader system of protection of Geographical Indications (GIs) in Ukraine and help Ukrainian producers to benefit from the GIs system. GIs are seen in a close connection to rural development, bringing tourism to the regions and generating marketing strategies to enter new markets.
The project "Support to the development of a Geographical Indications system in Ukraine" supports the implementation of the Association Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine concerning Geographical Indications (GIs) in view of ensuring their protection and creating opportunities for Ukrainian producers of wine, spirit drinks, agricultural products and foodstuffs, to register their products as GIs.
The project has four main components:
Experte für Milchprodukte, Kollektivmarken und geografische Angaben