The reaction of the vice-president of the European Commission, Margaritis Schoinas, to the decision of the European Intellectual Property Office to register the & # 8220; turkaegean & # 8221; On the issue of the registration of the “Turkaeagean” mark, the Vice-President of the Commission calls on Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton to take immediate action to rectify the matter, drawing attention to the serious implications of the recent EUIPO decision. to register “Turkaegean” as an EU trademark.
In particular, in a letter to the Commissioner for the Internal Market, Thierry Breton, Mr Schoinas expresses & # 8220; in the strongest terms & # 8221; Disappointed that & # 8220; EUIPO internal controls and procedures have not been sufficient to identify and report a case with obvious and potentially serious implications for the EU's external relations, the sovereign rights of an EU Member State & # 8211; ; of Greece- but also for the protection of consumers and the EU tourism sector & # 8221 ;.
In addition, the Vice President of the Commission points out that, although he knows that this service & # 8220; enjoys legal, administrative and financial autonomy and that the current legal framework does not require prior consultation with the European Commission on individual trademark applications & # 8221 ;, remains & # 8220; convinced that political and legal dimensions of such a decision & # 8221 ;.
Finally, emphasizes the need to ensure that & # 8220; in the future such decisions with a potential impact on our strategic interests will not be taken without political consultation & # 8221; 8221 ?, but also that the EUIPO management will address any shortcomings without delay.