15. The European Union is pleased to present to you the regulations and measures adopted in the area of GIs, and more particularly of GIs concerning the European Union itself. I am going to hand over the floor to two people and I will then take the floor again as we are also going to cover, on behalf of Italy and France, the regulations and laws that have been passed in these two countries. I now hand over to Mr. Klaus Blank of the Directorate General for Agriculture of the European Commission. 16. As regards the European Union notification IP/N/1/EU/38: this is Regulation (EU) 2021/2117 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 2 December 2021 amending Regulations (EU) No 1308/2013 establishing a common organization of the markets in agricultural products, Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012 on quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs, Regulation (EU) No 251/2014 on the definition, description, presentation, labelling and the protection of geographical indications of aromatized wine products and Regulation (EU) No 228/2013 laying down specific measures for agriculture in the outermost regions of the Union. 17. The text of the regulations modifies the primary EU legislation on geographical indications in the sectors of food, wine and aromatized wines and the EU legislation on traditional specialities guaranteed. Regulations (EU) No 1151/2012 on Geographical Indications in the food sector and on Traditional Specialities Guaranteed, Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 (for the part concerning Geographical Indications in the wine sector) and Regulation (EU) 251/2014 (for the part concerning Geographical Indications in the aromatized wines drink sector) have been modified. The new rules affect the scope, the definitions, the content of the product specification, the procedures for registration, amendment and cancellation, the extent of the protection, the labelling, the use of logo and the checks of the Geographical Indications (GI) in wine and food sector. Procedures for registration and amendment of Traditional Specialities Guaranteed in the food sector have also been modified. The Aromatized Wines GI sector has been merged into the food GI sector. The Regulation entered into force on 7 December 2021. 18. Second, as regards to document IP/N/1/EU/39 this concerns the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2022/891 of 1 April 2022 amending Delegated Regulation (EU) No 664/2014, supplementing Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to the establishment of the Union symbols for protected designations of origin, protected geographical indications and traditional specialities guaranteed and with regard to certain rules on sourcing, certain procedural rules and certain additional transitional rules. 19. The text of this delegated regulation modifies the existing Commission Regulation (EU) No 664/2014, which is the Commission Delegated Regulation of the Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council (EU) No 1151/2012 on geographical indications in the food sector, which has been amended by Regulation (EU) No 2021/2117. In particular, the text concerns specific rules for applications for approval of Union amendments and for approval and communication of standard and temporary amendments. This Regulation entered into force on 11 June 2022. 20. Finally, as regards the notification in document IP/N/1/EU/40 this concerns the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/892 of 1 April 2022 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) No 668/2014 laying down rules for the application of Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council on quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs. 21. The text of that Commission Implementing Regulation modifies the existing Commission Regulation (EU) No 668/2014, which is the Commission Implementing Regulation of the Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council (EU) No 1151/2012 on geographical indications in the food sector, which has been amended by Regulation (EU) No 2021/2117. In particular, the text concerns specific rules for applications for approval of Union amendments and for approval and communication of standard and temporary amendments, for the use of specific digital system of managing the applications and communicating with the Commission, and for the establishment of the electronic register. This Regulation also entered into force on 11 June 2022. I will now hand over to a colleague. 22. Good morning, colleagues. It will be me who will present the notification by Italy that I think was circulated in the meantime, and Pierre-Yves, my colleague from Brussels, will then introduce after me the French notifications. So, as regards the Italian notification, Italy is notifying several pieces of legislation affecting IP covering a wide time frame from 2001 until 2020. Some of these legislative pieces have been taken recently, to adapt the legislation to technological improvements or to introduce new digitalized and streamlined administrative procedures for applicants. Other instruments were adopted some years ago to improve judicial or administrative procedures or to implement EU directives at national level. Some of the acts notified relate to primary law (laws or legislative acts), some others relate to regulations or implementation acts, mainly aimed at procedural and operational improvements. The overall objective is to modernize and simplify substantive IP rules and procedures in line with the international and European practice and standards. 23. I will start with the notification IP/N/1/ITA/6. The most relevant and recent modification took place in 2019 with the Ministerial Decree of 13 November, concerning a new examination procedure for international applications for patents. This new procedure allows the Italian patent office to examine an international patent application designating Italy as the country of protection. Previously, an international application for a patent to be protected in Italy had to be submitted only through the European Patent Office. This is an improvement in the application of the "Patent and Cooperation Treaty" of WIPO and an additional option for international businesses seeking patent protection in Italy. 24. The next notification is IP/N/1/ITA/8. In 2020, the Industrial Property Code of 2005 was amended by the Legislative Decree No. 34 of 19 May as regards the historic national brand. The procedure introduced in 2019 concerning companies owing historic national brands deciding to relocate abroad was repealed, together with the corresponding support fund. 25. The next notification is IP/N/1/ITA/7. A decree of 3 April 2018 established the on-line platform named "PAGO PA" for the online payment of the administrative fees related to most administrative procedures of the Italian Patent and Trademark Office. This makes available a digital payment, whereby before the payment was possible through bank transfer or postal bulletin. 26. The next notification is IP/N/1/ITA/4. In 2003, a legislative decree of 27 June established, in civil tribunals and courts of appeal, 12 divisions specialized in industrial and intellectual property. In 2012, the specialized IP divisions were increased to 21. This amendment allows judicial cases concerning IP rights to be reviewed directly by competent IP judges, speeding up the judicial procedure and better serving business interests. 27. The next notification is IP/N/1/ITA/9. In 2001, Italy transposed the EU Directive 1998/71 concerning the legal protection of industrial designs. National provisions dating back to 1940 were modified in the substance and in procedures. New definitions of design, industrial model and industrial design were introduced, as well as a definition of access to the public. A reference to the Locarno international classification for design applications was also introduced. Finally, registration requirements and criteria were changed and modernized in line with the EU framework. 28. The penultimate notification is IP/N/1/ITA/5. In November 2019, a joint ministerial decree was adopted: it introduced new procedures for the registration of new plant varieties and a new method to pay the related fee. This implementing decree improved and streamlined the procedures to register new plant varieties. 29. Last but not least IP/N/1/ITA/3. In March 2020, Italy enacted a law with provisions for the organization of the winter olympic and para-olympic games in Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo in 2026. Such law contains also a provision concerning the prohibition of activities of ambush marketing and misleading advertising. These activities are prohibited on the occasion of sport events or trade fairs of national or international relevance if they are not authorised by the organising bodies and when they are aimed at gaining an economic or competitive advantage. The prohibition aims at preventing unfair competition in marketing and advertising during big sport events. That's all from me and I give the floor to my colleague Pierre-Yves. 30. Now the regulations and legislation that have been adopted by France, from IP/N/1/FRA/2 to IP/N/1/FRA/17. I will illustrate these notifications with four laws: The "Pact" Law No. 2019/486 of 22 May 2019 on the growth and transformation of companies and its implementing regulations introduce various measures to modernize and safeguard the intellectual property framework in France: a. Some measures concern patents: filing of a provisional application for a patent to facilitate access to intellectual property, particularly for SMEs and start-ups; creation of an opposition procedure before the intellectual property office and strengthening of the patent substantive examination procedure to ensure greater legal certainty. b. Other measures concern trademarks and stem from the transposition of EU Directive No. 2015/2436 to approximate the laws of the Member States relating to trademarks: creation of new types of trademarks (sound, motion (animated) or multimedia); changes to the opposition procedure and creation of a procedure for the invalidation or revocation of trademarks before the intellectual property office. 31. The second law I would like to present to you is Law No. 2018/670 of 30 July 2018, which transposes Directive No. 2016/943/EU of 8 June 2016 on the protection of undisclosed know how and business information against their unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure. Order No. 2018 341 amends the French Intellectual Property Code to ensure that French legislation is compatible with European regulations on the unitary patent and the Agreement on the Unified Patent Court. 32. Lastly, other legislation notified concerns copyright: Law No. 2019/775 of 24 July 2019 creates a right related to copyright for the benefit of news agencies and press publishers; Law No. 2021 1382 of 25 October 2021 on the regulation and protection of access to cultural works in the digital age aims to better protect creators' rights (by providing for a system for blocking or dereferencing mirror sites and an ad hoc interim mechanism to tackle sports streaming websites); and Order No. 2021 1518 introduces mandatory exceptions to copyright in order to allow for text and data mining, digital uses of works for the purposes of illustration for teaching, and the preservation of cultural heritage. With this, we have finished with the EU notifications, including those from France and Italy.