The European Union has accepted Pakistani rice exporters’ argument regarding why India should not be given exclusive rights to export basmati rice.
According to Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP), the European Commission has declared the Notice of Opposition and the Reasoned Statement of REAP admissible in the case.
The rice exporters say now they can directly advocate for the protection of Pakistan’s GI rights over Basmati.
With the admissibility of REAP as a party, the case of Pakistan in the EU has reached its third stage where all the contesting parties will engage in consultations with each other. The time period for the parties to engage in negotiations is three months.