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Croatia and Slovenia Receive Joint EU Protection for Istrian Olive Oil

The two Balkan states now share the European Union PDO appellation for extra virgin olive oil produced on the Adriatic peninsula.

Mar. 4, 2019
By Isabel Putinja

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Extra vir­gin olive oil from Istria has been included in the Euro­pean Union’s Reg­is­ter of Pro­tected Des­ig­na­tions of Ori­gin (PDO) and Pro­tected Geo­graph­i­cal Indi­ca­tions (PGI) as a prod­uct of PDO.

The appel­la­tion Istra” (the Croa­t­ian and Sloven­ian name for Istria) is now a reg­is­tered PDO for olive oil pro­duced in Istria, a penin­sula located in the north Adri­atic Sea that is shared by both Croa­tia and Slove­nia.

The exten­sion of the geo­graph­i­cal area to Sloven­ian Istria is jus­ti­fied since Sloven­ian Istria pro­duces olive oil shar­ing the same his­tory, link and qual­i­ties with the Croa­t­ian Istrian olive oil cov­ered by the appli­ca­tion.- state­ment from Offi­cial Jour­nal of the EU

While 90 per­cent of Istria is located in Croa­tia, the north­west­ern part of the penin­sula belongs to Slove­nia.

The new appel­la­tion was announced in a reg­u­la­tion pub­lished on Feb­ru­ary 27, 2019 in the Offi­cial Jour­nal of the Euro­pean Union.

See more: Pro­tected Des­ig­na­tion of Ori­gin

After receiv­ing national Pro­tected Des­ig­na­tion of Ori­gin sta­tus in 2015, the appli­ca­tion for PDO recog­ni­tion at the EU level for Istrian olive oil was first sub­mit­ted by Croa­tia to the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion in July 2015.

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Fol­low­ing the pub­li­ca­tion of the appli­ca­tion in March 2016 and in accor­dance with pro­ce­dures, which include a three-month objec­tion period, a notice of oppo­si­tion was filed by Slove­nia on June 22, 2016.

The objec­tion argued that the pro­posed appel­la­tion Istarsko ekstra dje­vičan­sko masli­novo ulje” (Istrian extra vir­gin olive oil) may cause con­fu­sion as Sloven­ian olive oil from Istria already had PDO sta­tus in the EU’s reg­is­ter under the name Ekstra deviško oljčno olje Slovenske Istre” (extra vir­gin olive oil from Sloven­ian Istria) since 2007.

The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion accepted the objec­tion as admis­si­ble and in Octo­ber 2016 asked the author­i­ties of the two neigh­bor­ing coun­tries to reach an agree­ment on the issue.

Fol­low­ing con­sul­ta­tions, an agree­ment was com­mu­ni­cated to the Com­mis­sion in May 2017 and a new joint appli­ca­tion was filed jointly by both coun­tries.

Sev­eral amend­ments were agreed on, the most impor­tant being that the pro­posed appel­la­tion be changed to Istra,” and the pro­duc­tion area enlarged to include the entire penin­sula.

Fol­low­ing exam­i­na­tion of the new joint appli­ca­tion, the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion accepted the appli­ca­tion for reg­is­tra­tion on the basis that con­di­tions were ful­filled and that the appel­la­tion Istra” be entered in the reg­is­ter of EU prod­ucts with PDO.

The reg­u­la­tion pub­lished in the Offi­cial Jour­nal declares that: The exten­sion of the geo­graph­i­cal area to Sloven­ian Istria is jus­ti­fied since Sloven­ian Istria pro­duces olive oil shar­ing the same his­tory, link and qual­i­ties with the Croa­t­ian Istrian olive oil cov­ered by the appli­ca­tion. The use of the name Istra’ has been exhaus­tively demon­strated in Slove­nia and Croa­tia.”

PDO is the high­est of the three des­ig­na­tions under the EU prod­uct cer­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tem for agri­cul­tural prod­ucts, which pro­tects prod­uct names from mis­use and assures con­sumers of their authen­tic­ity.

A prod­uct labelled with a PDO des­ig­na­tion is one that is pro­duced, processed and pre­pared in a spe­cific geo­graph­i­cal area using local knowl­edge and meth­ods.

The other two EU des­ig­na­tions include PGI – for prod­ucts with at least one stage of pro­duc­tion, pro­cess­ing or prepa­ra­tion tak­ing place in a cer­tain geo­graph­i­cal area – and TSG (Tra­di­tional Spe­cial­ity Guar­an­teed), which des­ig­nates prod­ucts with a tra­di­tional char­ac­ter” in terms of either its com­po­si­tion or pro­duc­tion.

Croa­tia and Slove­nia already share a PDO in the EU’s reg­is­ter for Istrian pro­sciutto, or cured ham, which was reg­is­tered in Octo­ber 2015.





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