Hellim/halloumi issue solved: Juncker

EU Commission President Jean Claude Juncker has apparently find a solution to the long-running dispute over registering Cyprus hellim/halloumi as a PDO.

Last year, South Cyprus filed with the European Commission, an application to grant halloumi/hellim a certificate of Protected Designation of Origin (PDO), but the application was disputed by the Turkish Cypriot community. The Turkish Cypriots wanted to keep control of their production of hellim.

“I am able, after tough discussions, I have to say, with the two leaders… I am happy to announce we found a common understanding as far as the geographical protection of halloumi-hellim cheese under EU law is concerned,” Juncker said on Thursday.

Details of how the issue has been resolved remain unclear, but are expected to be announced in the coming days.

Halloumi has been registered as a Cypriot protected product in the US since the 1990s

Famagusta Gazette

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