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Cypriot side are a frac­tion of that, but ac­count for nearly 25% of all ex­ports.

The PDO for hal­loumi, as well as is­sues such as mo­bile phone in­ter­op­er­abil­ity and the open­ing up of the Fa­m­a­gusta port in ex­change for al­low­ing Cyprus-flag ves­sels to dock in ports in Tur­key, are some of the many ‘con­fi­dence build­ing mea­sures’ be­ing dis­cussed by Anas­tasi­ades and Ak­inci dur­ing the UN-me­di­ate peace talks that at­tained a fresh mo­men­tum af­ter the Turk­ish Cypriot leader was elected two months ago.

The EC an­nounce­ment on Fri­day said that “a tem­po­rary so­lu­tion to the com­mon un­der­stand­ing on a tem­po­rary so­lu­tion for Hal­loumi/Hel­lim, to be im­ple­mented pend­ing the re­uni­fi­ca­tion of Cyprus, (has been) reached un­der the guid­ance of Pres­i­dent Juncker on 16 July 2015.”

It said that “the in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­cred­ited body Bureau Ver­i­tas is ap­pointed, in ac­cor­dance with Ar­ti­cle 39 of Reg­u­la­tion (EU) No 1151/2012 of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment and of the Coun­cil on qual­ity schemes for agri­cul­tural prod­ucts and food­stuffs, as the body in charge of the con­trol tasks pro­vided for by this reg­u­la­tion.”

It added that the re­ports made by Bureau Ver­i­tas will be sent to the com­pe­tent author­i­ties of the Re­pub­lic of Cyprus and to the Com­mis­sion, a bone of con­tention among some Turk­ish Cypriot pro­duc­ers who do not want any form of con­trol by the Re­pub­lic.

“A pro­posal to mod­ify the Green Line Reg­u­la­tion, in or­der to fa­cil­i­tate trade, will be adopted by the Com­mis­sion on the same day of the pub­li­ca­tion in the Of­fi­cial Jour­nal of the for­mal ap­pli­ca­tion to get the reg­is­tra­tion of Hal­loumi/Hel­lim as a pro­tected des­ig­na­tion of ori­gin on the ba­sis of Reg­u­la­tion (EU) No 1151/2012. As fore­seen by the EU Treaties, the Com­mis­sion will en­sure the full re­spect of the rel­e­vant EU law.”

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