The European Commission has established an informal working group on halloumi/hellim tasked with the correct implementation of the standards agreed in the Protected Designation of Origin scheme, according to an announcement in Brussels.
And the Commission has called interested individuals to apply to become members of the group to be composed of up to ten members of whom an equal number will come from the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot community.
The members can be representatives of Chambers of Commerce, representatives of farmers’ organisations or representatives of dairies involved in the production of halloumi.
As well as representatives of relevant professional interests and representatives of civil society organisations.
The group, which will meet periodically, is set up to bring about an exchange of information as well as the sharing of experience and good practices among stakeholders relating to their participation in the PDO scheme for halloumi/ hellim and will review the functioning of the inspection system for its production.
The Commission invites individuals to contact the email [email protected] to apply to become members of the group. The deadline for applications is May 10, 2022.
The Ministry of Agriculture in Nicosia has already welcomed the European Commission`s announcement.