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1 September 2005


for Question Time at the part-session in September II 2005

pursuant to Rule 109 of the Rules of Procedure

by Agnes Schierhuber

to the Commission

  Subject: Protected geographical indication status for 'Olmützer Quargel' under Regulation (EEC) No 2081/92

 Answer in plenary 

By letter of 19 October 2004, the Czech Republic applied for European designation protection to be granted for the product 'pravé olomoucke tvarůžky' ('genuine Olmützer Quargel') under Regulation (EEC) No 2081/92[1] ('designations of origin' regulation). Olmützer Quargel is an acid curd cheese which originated in Austrian Moravia (cf. 'Handbuch der Käse', Dr Heinrich Mair-Waldburg (ed.)) and has been produced in Austria since about the end of the 19th century. In Germany too, for instance, Olmützer Quargel has been produced, and marketed under that designation, since at least 1945, however. As a result of the geopolitical changes after World War II, a large number of German-speaking cheesemakers emigrated from Czechoslovakia, as it then was, to Austria, further expanding production of 'Olmützer Quargel' there on the basis of the know-how they brought with them. Designation protection for the product made in the Czech Republic would make it impossible to continue marketing the Olmützer Quargel traditionally made in Austria. What scope does the Commission think there is for taking that into account as part of the protection arrangements under Regulation (EEC) No 2081/92?



Tabled: 01.09.2005


[1]  OJ L 208, 24.7.1992, p. 1

Original language of question: DE 
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