Cypriot Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment Nicos Kouyialis will seek the support of European Union member-states and other countries to proceed with the application to designate the infamous local halloumi cheese as a PDO (Protected Designation of Origin).
Furthermore, according to Cyprus News Agency sources, Kouyialis will stress to European Union member-states’ ambassadors that so far their countries have lobbied in favor of the Turkish-Cypriot demands in the case of halloumi. Reportedly, he intends to single out that it is unacceptable for certain member-states and allies within the European family to act against other member-states.
Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, who is currently on a two-day visit to Hungary, attended a working breakfast in Budapest today, during which European Union and other countries’ Ambassadors discussed the issues related to genetically modified organisms. The meeting was attended by the Ambassadors of the so-called “Visegrad Four;” the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, who exert pressure, along with the United Kingdom, Sweden and Finland, to establish a production control mechanism for halloumi at the self-proclaimed Turkish-Cypriot Chamber of Industry.
Kouyialis will reportedly seek the support of other European partners of Cyprus in the country’s attempt to designate halloumi as a PDO product.
Cyprus first made an application to secure PDO status for halloumi cheese in July 2014. Halloumi is the best-known food product of Cyprus internationally and very important for the island’s economy. However, the term “hellim” -the Turkish Cypriot name for halloumi- is included in the PDO name to cover the whole of the country.
It should be noted that last week, the Turkish-Cypriot community objected to halloumi cheese PDO status and claims a separate production control mechanism in the Turkish-occupied territories.