`Sicily Ready for PGI Certification

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Sicily Ready for PGI Certification

Nov. 12, 2014
Marco Marino

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On Octo­ber 7, at Utveg­gio Cas­tle in Palermo, offi­cials of the Ital­ian Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture, Food and Forestry, together with the mem­bers of the Orga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee and the Regional Depart­ment for Agri­cul­ture, sur­veyed Sicil­ian EVOO stake­hold­ers about achiev­ing a Sicily Extra Vir­gin Olive Oil PGI” cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

The pro­tected geo­graph­i­cal indi­ca­tion, or PGI,” is a geo­graph­i­cal indi­ca­tions and tra­di­tional spe­cial­ties in the Euro­pean Union. Three Euro­pean Union schemes of geo­graph­i­cal indi­ca­tions and tra­di­tional spe­cial­ties, known as pro­tected des­ig­na­tion of ori­gin (PDO), pro­tected geo­graph­i­cal indi­ca­tion (PGI), and tra­di­tional spe­cial­ties guar­an­teed (TSG), pro­mote and pro­tect names of qual­ity agri­cul­tural prod­ucts and food­stuffs.

The prod­uct spec­i­fi­ca­tions for Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva IGP Sicilia were laid down last year by the Food and Agri­cul­ture Depart­ment of Sicily and it has already been approved by the national author­i­ties.

The con­fer­ence in Palermo was the last fun­da­men­tal step for brand reg­is­tra­tion: after its pub­li­ca­tion on the Offi­cial Gazette of the Ital­ian Repub­lic, the pro­posal will be sent to Brus­sels for the Euro­pean review and, in a few months, PGI cer­ti­fi­ca­tion will be offi­cial.
See more: Sicily EVOO PGI Guide­lines (Ital­ian)
The Regional Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture, Mr. Ezechia Reale, said: The reg­is­tra­tion of PGI cer­ti­fi­ca­tion will pro­vide greater vis­i­bil­ity to Sicil­ian EVOO and will sup­port Sicil­ian olive busi­ness­men to face com­mer­cial com­pe­ti­tion both on domes­tic and for­eign mar­kets.”

Mr. Reale also pointed out that the new cer­ti­fi­ca­tion will be given a great expo­sure within the Bio-Mediter­ranean Clus­ter” (the Mediter­ranean Cul­ture and Food sec­tion dur­ing EXPO 2015 in Milan), where Sicily will be one of the pro­tag­o­nists. Last Sep­tem­ber, the Region of Sicily and Expo 2015 signed the agree­ment for the clus­ter. Sicily will sched­ule work­shops and events tak­ing place dur­ing six months of the World Fair.

The PGI label will allow Sicil­ian pro­duc­ers to access the resources pro­vided by 2014 – 2020 Regional Devel­op­ment Plan (RDP), that is the pri­mary tool for plan­ning and fund­ing regional inter­ven­tions in agri­cul­ture, forestry and rural devel­op­ment.

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RDP is esti­mated to allo­cate more than € 2 bil­lion to pro­mote cer­tifi­cated regional prod­ucts mak­ing Sicily the Ital­ian region with the most funds for devel­op­ment plans.


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