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Parliamentary question - P-003435/2021Parliamentary question

    Italy-Croatia prosecco wars: calling on the Commission to halt Croatia’s illegitimate claims regarding the name ‘Prosek’

    Priority question for written answer  P-003435/2021
    to the Commission
    Rule 138
    Mara Bizzotto (ID)

    Croatia has started procedures for recognition at EU level of the name ‘Prosek’ as a traditional term for a local white wine. The application for the ‘Prosek’ designation is clearly at odds with the Italian PDO ‘Prosecco’ and with EU regulations governing PDO and PGI products and protecting them from any form of misuse, imitation or evocation.

    Considering that in 2013, in response to my question E-006284/2013, the then Commissioner Ciolos stated that ‘the use in trade of the term in question may raise legal problems insofar as it may fall under the scope of Article 118m of Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007, since it could conflict with the protection of the Italian PDO Prosecco. The Croatian authorities are aware of that legal point of view’. He also stated that ‘if an application for the protection of ‘PROSEK’ as PGI or PDO or as a traditional term was received [...] such scrutiny, preceding the decision of protection or refusal of protection, includes the consideration of eventual homonymous wines names already registered’.

    Can the Commission therefore answer the following questions:

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