Hal­loumi reg­is­tra­tions pend­ing, says Kouyialis

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The Cyprus govern­ment has not yet been of­fi­cially in­formed whether there are any ob­jec­tions to the reg­is­tra­tion of hal­loumi/hel­lim cheese as a PDO prod­uct (Pro­tected Des­ig­na­tion of Ori­gin), said Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Ni­cos Kouyialis.

How­ever, the Min­is­ter said he has been un­of­fi­cially in­formed that the coun­tries which had ex­pressed the in­ten­tion to ob­ject Cyprus’ ap­pli­ca­tion have pro­ceeded with their fil­ing. Any pos­si­ble ob­jec­tions filed would be ex­am­ined by the EU Di­rec­torate Gen­eral of Agri­cul­ture.

If and when ob­jec­tions are ac­cepted by the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture in Brus­sels, Cypriot au­thor­i­ties, the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and the Le­gal Ser­vice, will have to an­swer ar­gu­ing against th­ese ob­jec­tions, Kouyialis told the Cyprus News Agency.

Asked if there is a re­quest of the Turk­ish Cypriot side to co­op­er­ate with the Re­pub­lic of Cyprus on the amend­ment of the Green Line Regulation for hal­loumi and the elim­i­na­tion of an­i­mal dis­eases, Kouyialis said that he has no such a doc­u­ment.

“How­ever, if the Turk­ish Cypri­ots are to pro­duce and trade hal­loumi an amend­ment of the Green Line Regulation is re­quired,” he said.

He also noted that an agree­ment was reached dur­ing Com­mis­sion Pres­i­dent Jean Claude Junker’s visit last year be­tween Cyprus’ Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades and Turk­ish Cypriot leader Moustafa Ak­inci pro­vid­ing that in­spec­tion and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion will be made by the In­ter­na­tional Bureau of Test­ing, In­spec­tion and Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion “Ver­i­tas”, and this amend­ment at some point should be made.

As re­gards the elim­i­na­tion of an­i­mal dis­eases, Kouyialis said that the Turk­ish Cypri­ots have to work hard to­wards that di­rec­tion and cer­tainly the EU’s as­sis­tance will be re­quired, while it is pos­si­ble that the Cypriot govern­ment’s help might be needed.

He ex­plained that a tech­ni­cal com­mit­tee of vet­eri­nar­i­ans has al­ready been set up un­der UN su­per­vi­sion, which has been hold­ing reg­u­lar meet­ings for many years to deal with any an­i­mal dis­eases.

Kouyialis over­ruled a pos­si­ble joint de­ci­sion by the Cypriot govern­ment, the EU and the il­le­gal regime in Turk­ish oc­cu­pied ar­eas of Cyprus on the mat­ter.

“Such an is­sue does not ex­ist. The Re­pub­lic of Cyprus and the so called state will not co-de­cide un­der any cir­cum­stances,” he said, stress­ing that the only com­pe­tent au­thor­ity is the Re­pub­lic of Cyprus.

In re­la­tion to the amend­ments sub­mit­ted by the Re­pub­lic of Cyprus on the Brus­sels pro­pos­als for reg­is­ter­ing hal­loumi/hel­lim as PDO prod­uct, Kouyialis said that Nicosia has sub­mit­ted four amend­ments and some of them are un­der dis­cus­sion. There are some ob­jec­tions, but the dis­cus­sions will con­tinue un­til a fi­nal so­lu­tion be­tween the EU and Cyprus, is achieved.

On July 17, 2014, the Com­mis­sion re­ceived the of­fi­cial ap­pli­ca­tion for the reg­is­tra­tion of the names Hal­loumi/Hel­lim as a PDO for a cheese made pre­dom­i­nantly from ewes’ and/or goat milk un­der the Qual­ity Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012. The ap­pli­ca­tion cov­ers pro­duc­ers from the whole is­land and fore­sees the pro­tec­tion of the name in the two lan­guages, Greek and Turk­ish.

On July 28 2014, the Cyprus ap­pli­ca­tion to reg­is­ter hal­loumi as a PDO was pub­lished in the EU of­fi­cial jour­nal. This fol­lowed a visit to Cyprus by Com­mis­sion Pres­i­dent Juncker, who an­nounced a com­mon un­der­stand­ing be­tween Anas­tasi­ades and Ak­inci on the is­sue.

The Green Line Regulation con­cerns the move­ment of goods and per­sons across the Green Line in Cyprus, and has been in force since the ac­ces­sion of the Re­pub­lic of Cyprus to the EU in 2004.

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