The Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Industry (TCCI) has moved forward with registering traditional alcoholic drink zivania as a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) product, although the certification is only applicable in the breakaway state.
According to the Cyprus News Agency, TCCI chairman Ali Cirali stated that while it is true the certification is not valid in the EU or Turkey, “it is the first step for filing for an application with the
Turkish Patent Institute and launching an initiative within the EU.”
Cirali pointed out that zivania is the third product protected by the TCCI – which now requires producers to adhere to certain standards – after whisky and halloumi cheese. The chairman added that crushed olives, shieftalies and carob syrup are next on the list.
Halloumi/hellim is a point of major contention since Cyprus has filed an application to the European Commission to grant halloumi a certificate of PDO last July.
The TCCI and Turkish Cypriot halloumi producers strongly object the application, arguing that they have not been consulted on the process. To that effect, the TCCI has filed five cases at the Supreme Court fearing that their producers would be disadvantaged.
The TCCI is calling for a separate production control mechanism of halloumi to be established, claiming that in any other scenario they would be at a disadvantage.