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Parliamentary questions
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31 August 2017
Question for written answer E-005399-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Nikolaos Chountis (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Olive oil from Kalamata
 Answer in writing 

The Ministerial Decision (MD) 3247/137259/6-12-2016 (Government Gazette 4044/16-12-2016) introduced the term ‘KALAMATA’ in the Greek Variety Register, as a synonym for the KALAMON olive variety.

This decision, effective ‘as of its date of publication in the Government Gazette’ would result in the designation of olive fruit coming from Greek and non-Greek regions outside the delimited area of the ‘Elia Kalamatas’ PDO, as ‘Elia Kalamatas’, completely against the provisions of Article 2 of Regulation (EC) No 637/2009, leading to the unauthorised exploitation of the reputation of ‘Elia Kalamatas’ PDO and to misleading consumers.

MD 3247/137259 was replaced by MD 3401/144590 (Government Gazette 4460/30-12-2016), and the term ‘KALAMATA’ was removed as a synonym of the KALAMON variety in the Greek Register.

However, up to this day, nine months later, the EU Fruit Reproductive Material Information System (FRUMATIS) still lists ‘KALAMATA’ as a synonym of the ‘KALAMON’ variety, not to mention that this list was renewed on 6 December 2016!

Can the Commission say:
1. Under which procedures was KALAMATA introduced as a synonym of KALAMON in the FRUMATIS list, on the same day the MD was issued, without even being published in the Government Gazette?
2. Nine months later, why has KALAMATA not been removed from the FRUMATIS list, in accordance with Government Gazette 4460/30-12-2016?
3. Has the Commission been notified of this change by the Greek Government?
Original language of question: EL 
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