About this Consultation
The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on an application the Scottish Government has received to register the name "Scottish Wild Venison" as a protected geographical indication.
Before a decision can be made by the Member State, the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on whether to forward the application to the European Commission for the next stage of the process, the Scottish Government is required to consult on applications seeking registration of Scottish product names to give interested parties within the UK an opportunity to comment on or object to the proposal.
Responding to this consultation:
We are inviting responses to this consultation by midnight 29 May 2018.
Please respond to this consultation using the Scottish Government online consultation platform, Citizen Space. You can view and respond to this consultation online at https://consult.gov.scot/food-and-drink/scottish-wild-venison. You can save and return to your response while the consultation is still open. Please ensure that consultation responses are submitted before the closing date of 29 May 2018.
If you are unable to respond online, please complete the Respondent Information Form (see 'Handling your response' below), and send this along with your response to:
Or write to us at:Food and Drink Industry Growth
Please note that objections must include your legitimate interest in the proposal and specify the grounds on which it is based with reasons and justification for the opposition, giving evidence where necessary.
For guidance on what constitutes as an admissible objection as laid down in Article 10 of the Council Regulation ( EU) No 1151/2012 please visit: ( http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/en/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A32012R1151)
Handling your response:
If you respond using Citizen Space ( http://consult.scotland.gov.uk/), you will be directed to the Respondent Information Form. Please indicate how you wish your response to be handled and, in particular, whether you are happy for your response to be published.
If you are unable to respond via Citizen Space, please complete and return the Respondent Information Form included in this document. If you ask for your response not to be published, we will regard it as confidential, and we will treat it accordingly.
Please note that responses will not be accepted without a Respondent Information Form.
All respondents should be aware that the Scottish Government is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and would therefore have to consider any request made to it under the Act for information relating to responses made to this consultation exercise.
Next steps in the process:
Where respondents have given permission for their response to be made public, and after we have checked that they contain no potentially defamatory material, responses will be made available to the public at ( http://consult.scotland.gov.uk). If you use Citizen Space to respond, you will receive a copy of your response via email.
Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help us reach a decision on the final product specification seeking registration or assist in determining the applications suitability for the scheme and whether it can be forwarded to the European Commission ( EC) for the next stage of the application process.
Comments and complaints:
If you have any comments about how this consultation exercise has been conducted, please write to us using the contact details above.