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Parliamentary questions
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13 January 2014
Question for written answer E-000255-14
to the Commission
Rule 117
Tonino Picula (S&D)

 Subject:  Protection of ‘istarski pršut’ as a native Croatian product
 Answer in writing 

According to official sources in the Croatian Ministry of Agriculture, Slovenia has challenged Croatia’s application for the registration of ‘istarski pršut’, that is to say, Istrian dry-cured ham. Under the rules laid down in European legislation the Commission has to assess the validity of the Slovenian objection.

The istarski pršut protection process, which started long before Croatia joined the EU, is based on numerous grounds testifying to the authentically Croatian character of this ham, including for example the types of pigs from which it is made (fleshy white breeds such as the Large White and the Swedish Landrace, and crosses between them) and the fact that it is produced without smoking.

The production process is, moreover, exactly regulated and supervised. In order to be classed as ‘istarski pršut’, each product has to bear three stamps showing that the meat has been obtained from pigs fattened in Istria and has been cured there and prepared according to the traditional recipe.

In the light of the foregoing, how does the Commission view Slovenia’s objection to the Croatian proposal to register istarski pršut?

Original language of question: HROJ C 284, 26/08/2014
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