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Štajerski hmelj (Styrian hops) the 24th Slovenian product with EU protected status

Ljubljana, 8 August 2017 – The European Commission today published in the Official Journal of the European Union an implementing regulation entering the name "Štajerski hmelj" into the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications, the 24th Slovenian product given EU protected status. The application for the protection of Štajerski hmelj with protected geographical indication (PGI) was lodged by the Slovenian Association of Hop Growers, Hop Elders and Princesses.

Štajerski hmelj is produced in the geographical area which ends with the border of the Štajerska region in the west, the River Sava in the south-west and south, and the border with Croatia in the south-east. In the east, the border runs along the River Mura and in the north, along the border with Austria.


Štajerski hmelj' comprises many Slovenian-registered hop varieties, in particular: Savinjski Golding, Aurora, Atlas, Ahil, Apolon, Bobek, Buket, Blisk, Celeia, Cekin, Cicero, Cerera, Dana, Styrian Gold, Styrian Eureka and Styrian Eagle. The most widely produced are Aurora, Bobek, Celeia and Savinjski Golding, while the new varieties Dana and Styrian Gold account for just a few percent of hop yields. 


Austria opposed the registration of the name "Štajerski hmelj " by lodging a notice of opposition with the Commission, arguing that Štajerski hmelj' was also being grown in Austrian Styria under the terms  "Hopfen aus der Steiermark" and "Hopfen aus der Südsteiermark". Slovenia and Austria negotiated an agreement whereby Austria could continue using the above terms for its hops but with a clear additional reference to the Austrian origin having to be made in labelling or presentation in the same field of vision of the name (e.g. "Hopfen aus der Steiermark, Osterreich"). Austrian producers should not use elements that are in any way associated with Slovenia in their packaging. When products bearing the two Austrian terms are exported, Austria must change any labelling thereon to just "Austrian hops". Slovenian producers may translate the designation Štajerski hmelj' into other languages. When the Štajerski hmelj needs to be translated into German, the term "Štajerski" should be kept in the original Slovene. 


In the registration of the name "Štajerski hmelj", the European Commission took full account of the content of the agreement reached between Slovenia and Austria.


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