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The decision of the General Court of the EU in the appeal of companies against European Commission, which will be announced next Wednesday, February 21.

In particular, in a newsletter of the Court of Justice of the European Union, dated February 7, which includes the most important cases, the imminent decision in the case T-361/21 Papouis Dairies and others v. Commission (Case T-361/21 Papouis Dairies and Others v Commission).

As stated in the case description, on April 5, 2012, several Cypriot companies and organizations active in the cheese industry submitted a request to the Cypriot authorities for the registration of the name “Halloumi”/”Hellim” as a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO). This application was based on the standard which provides that halloumi can be produced from goat's milk, or a mixture of both, with or without cow's milk, and an attempt was made to interpret this standard as requiring halloumi producers to use a percentage goat's milk exceeding 50%.

After the registration of this name by the Commission, it is also reported, three amendments were made to its specifications. Nicosia-based Papouis Diaries Ltd and five other organizations are seeking the annulment of the European Commission's Executive Regulation (EU) 2021/591, which entered the name “Halloumi”/”Hellim” (PDO) in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications, as well as the cancellation of the three amendments to the specifications.

At the same time, the newsletter states that after the specific decision on February 21, the Court will issue a press release.

According to experts on the matter who spoke to the KYPE, the specific decision it is important since it is complex and related to many aspects that generally concern product registration procedures by the European Commission.

Several issues have been raised in this particular appeal, such as who has a legal interest in challenging the decision and whether there are any manifest errors that can be identified without the court going into technical details.

It is also being examined whether the type of halloumi products that are on the market at the European level were correctly evaluated, as well as whether the provisions of the file are identical to the Cypriot standard, for which the position of the Republic of Cyprus is that they are legal binding.

There is also a question as to whether the European Commission took into account previous court decisions on the Halloumi trademark, but also whether good administration was applied in making the PDO decision due to the long period of time it took to be considered. Also, to a greater extent, the national court decisions bind the European Commission.

At the same time, the decision regarding the future of halloumi is also considered important, since the Cypriot Government has announced that it will take the any halloumi decisions after her announcement. Specifically, the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment Maria Panagiotou announced that after the court decision on February 21, the President of the Republic Nikos Christodoulidis will convene a meeting, in the presence of all those involved in the field of halloumi production, that is, cheese makers, cattle farmers and of sheep and goat farmers, and the decisions of the Government will be announced.

Source: KYPE

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