165. The representative of Argentina said that the European Communities, with the exception of maybe two or three countries that had concluded TRIPS-plus bilateral agreements, was the only WTO Member that had practical experience in providing assistance relating to costs, name changes, labelling, etc. Therefore, she wished to know what kind of help or subsidy producers who had changed the names of their products had received. She also asked what happened to the excess of production from the areas that produce goods with GIs. She did not believe that producers of European GIs produced the quantity necessary for the market.
166. Commenting on the annex to the minutes of the Council's September meeting, she said that she did not recall that there had been a discussion on procedure at that meeting. The minutes of the Council's September meeting should only reflect the oral statements made at the session, and, consequently, the annex should be removed from the minutes. Any written statement should be circulated by the delegation which presented it in a separate document. She understood that the Secretariat, and on this she spoke from personal experience, had always tried to be as neutral and faithful as possible to what had been said orally. Her delegation had been in communication with the Secretariat on another occasion when her delegation had believed that something it had added to its intervention was missing from the minutes. At the meeting in question, her delegation had tried, in the interest of being brief, to synthesize its oral statement. But because there had been no way to include the entirety of the summarized statement later, it had not had any other choice but to repeat its complete intervention at the following meeting so that it could be included in the minutes. She asked that this criterion be maintained and that the minutes include only exactly what was said in the Council. This Council did not have a system of approval of minutes, so Members had to trust the work of the Secretariat because there was no way to verify what one said, to amend work or to approve the minutes.