The use of the name protected as a geographical indication “Cognac” for products originating from third countries and not meeting the technical conditions of Cognac production is prohibited on the territory of Ukraine.
These conditions were stipulated by the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union, which entered into force on September 1, 2017.
Ukraine stopped exporting products using the name “Cognac” in 2019.
On January 24, 2022, as a result of the adoption of new regulatory acts that include the protection of geographical indication, the name “Cognac” was included in the customs register, which is a mandatory condition for the implementation of the protection of the geographical indication “Cognac” on the territory of Ukraine.
A transition period was established so that importers could change the labels on their products that do not comply with this GI. The transition period was extended until October 31, 2022, taking into account the situation in Ukraine.
Starting from November 1, 2022, the corporation “Ukrvinprom” together with the National Interprofessional Bureau of Cognac are responsible for the protection of the trademark “Cognac” on the territory of the country and abroad, and will take the necessary measures against products imported and presented under the name “Cognac” if they do not meet the relevant technical conditions.