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Can actions mentioning the geographical origin of local products be supported by Axis 4?

Art. 40.2 from the EFF regulation 1198/2006 states that “operations may not … make reference to specific countries or geographical areas, except in case of products recognized under the terms of Council Regulation (EC) N° 510/2006…”. This means that unless a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) or a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) has been granted to the local product, the EFF cannot be used to finance promotional operations indicating the geographic origin of the product.

The EFF can, however, support the development of such official labels. The EFF can also support the development and promotion of local products as long as it does not finance those operations which directly concern the design or use of a specific geographical reference. For example, the EFF can support the investigation required for preparing quality charters, improvements in the production or presentation of products, market research and so on.

It should also be noted that the mention of the project promoter is allowed, as long as it only serves the purpose of identifying the responsible entity behind the project. In addition, for certain products, the mention of the catch area is actually an obligation required by EU market legislation (Council Regulation (EC) N°104/2000).