TRIPS Council “special sessions”
In its special sessions, the TRIPS Council serves as a forum for negotiations on a multilateral system of notification and registration of geographical indications (GIs) for wines and spirits. It is open to all WTO members. The current chair is Ambassador Alfredo Suescum Alfaro (Panama).
Work of the TRIPS Council in special sessions
Article 23.4 of the TRIPS Agreement calls upon the TRIPS Council to negotiate a multilateral system of notification and registration of GIs for wines eligible for protection in those members participating in the system, with a view to facilitating the protection of GIs for wines. This built-in negotiating mandate is limited to wines. It was extended by the Doha Ministerial Declaration in 2001 to also cover spirits, confirming a decision taken at the 1996 Singapore Ministerial Conference.
Currently, the negotiation of the system is taking place in the Council for TRIPS in special session.
TRIPS Council in special sessions documents
TRIPS Council in special sessions
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