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Claude Moraes MEP will vote today to support protection for authentic, original London Savile Row Bespoke Tailoring

Category: News-General.
Posted: Tuesday 06 Oct 2015

Today in the EU Parliament in Strasbourg there will be a vote on the extension of geographical indication (GI) protection to non-agricultural products.

This means products like Scottish tartan, Harris tweed, London’s Saville Row bespoke tailoring, Stoke ceramics, Yorkshire stone will have the same GI protection as agriculture products like Melton Mowbray pies, Cornish pasties, Wensleydale cheese, Lincolnshire sausage, Arbroath smokies.

A geographical indication (GI) is a distinctive sign used to identify a product as originating in the territory of a particular country, region or locality where its quality, reputation or other characteristic is linked to its geographical origin.  GI therefore creates value for local communities through products that are deeply rooted in tradition, culture and geography.

Claude Moraes MEP voting today to support protection for authentic, original industries such as London's Savile Row bespoke tailoring said:

‘Savile Row in London has been a bastion of bespoke tailoring for almost 200 years. The extension of GI protection to non-agricultural products like Saville Row bespoke tailoring is important to London as it aims to protect and develop the art of bespoke tailoring as practised in Savile Row and the surrounding streets and ensuring that hand-craft tailoring continues.’

Claude Moraes MEP, Labour Member of European Parliament for London, has previously worked hard to ensure GI protection is extended to non-agricultural products and called on the EU Commission to do more to extend protection of local goods such as Savile Row bespoke tailoring, based in London, which in recent years has seen a rise in imitations or misuse.

The Savile Row Bespoke Association (SRB), formed in 2004, represents the majority of the tailoring companies on Savile Row and employs over 2000 people from sales to the cloth manufacture. Geographical Indications are therefore extremely important in helping promote new job opportunities in production, processing and other related services.

This vote is an important step in seeing GI extended to non-agricultura products to protect, preserve and develop a positive future for the Savile Row bespoke tailoring brand and the highly skilled jobs that the industry offers.

This is great news for consumers and for the protection our industries that are producing authentic local goods, and will make it harder for factories to pass off cheap knock offs as originals.

 

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Notes to editor:

- For further information contact Claude Moraes MEP directly on  07973185936.

- The vote on geographical indication will take place in the European Parliament in Strasbourg today (6 October 2015) at 12:30 CET, the full name of the report is "Report on the possible extension of geographical indication protection of the European Union to non-agricultural products"

- You can read Claude Moraes MEP’s full parliamentary question to the EU Commission requesting extension of geographical indication to industries such as London’s Savile Row bespoke tailoring:

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-%2f%2fEP%2f%2fTEXT%2bWQ%2bE-2014-005390%2b0%2bDOC%2bXML%2bV0%2f%2fEN&language=EN

- Savile Row Bespoke and GMB Trade Union joint response EU Commission Green Paper consultation. 'Making the most out of Europe’s traditional know-how: a possible extension of geographical indication protection of the European Union to non-agricultural products'

http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/consultations/2014/geo-indications-non-agri/docs/contributions/individuals-and-others/savile-row_en.pdf

 

Posted by: Admin on Tuesday 06 Oct 2015

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