Protected Designation of Origin and Institutions (France, Spain and Italy)
Posted: 3 Sep 1997
Date Written: Undated
An overview of differentiation strategies for agricultural products in this article are followed by the comparative study of the administrative tools of different countries, based on case studies in three different countries (France, Spain, and Italy). In the functioning of the PDOs, the registration procedure assumes a particular importance, as it conditions the long-term life of the products differentiated by the PDO. A second central aspect of the functioning of the PDO is a crackdown on fraud. Finally, the promotion of products under a PDO is a particularly important issue because the consumer must be informed of particular efforts granted by the producers within a PDO (same principle for differentiation strategies). We have also identified strong and well-structured inter-professional organisations as central elements of numerous PDO procedures. The adhesion of all the local partners to the co-ordination steps around the product, as well as their negotiation power with the authorities, are directly linked to the good functioning of the inter-professional grouping.
JEL Classification: Q18
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