30 October 2015, Friday
EU informs of intentions to file objections on halloumi PDO application
European Commission informed Cyprus about three intentions to file objections on its application to file halloumi as a product with protected designation of origin (PDO), while at least another one is expected according to Famagusta Gazette today.

However halloumi/hellim registration is seen by many countries as a confidence-building measure between Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriots, working as deterrent for the support of the objections .

As Minister of Agriculture Nicos Kouyialis said yesterday that  so far 3 intentions for objections were submitted to the European Commission, one from the United Kingdom and two from private business, mainly Dairy Australia Limited in Australia and the Consortium of Common Food Name in the United States. 

They will now have two months to justify their objections and the Commission will decide what is acceptable and what not. The Minister did not rule out other objections by the end of the day, saying that at least one was expected by a company in New Zealand.

Asked whether the Cyprus problem was backing the halloumi application, Kouyialis said that it prevented many countries from supporting the objections.

On July 28 last summer, Cyprus application to register halloumi as a PDO was published in the EU official journal. The file lists the Greek and Turkish names `halloumi` (Halloumi) / `Hellim` which can be used together or separately. This followed a visit to Cyprus by the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who announced a common understanding between leaders Anastasiades and  Akinci on the issue.

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