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09.01.2015

Kranjska klobasa approved as protected Slovenian product in EU

The European Commission has issued an implementing regulation entering Kranjska klobasa as the 22nd Slovenian product into the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications.

Photo: Tomo Jeseničnik

Slovenia has achieved resounding success, as Kranjska klobasa (Carniolan sausage) has been granted protected Slovenian product status. The initiative to protect Kranjska klobasa by geographical indication status was submitted to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food by GIZ Kranjska klobasa. The protected geographical indication of a product requires that at least one of the production processes takes place in the defined geographical area, while the product ingredient can originate outside this geographical area. The ministry granted transitional national protection of a geographical indication to Kranjska klobasa; thus, only producers holding a certificate of conformity to the approved production specification, issued by the certification authority, are allowed to produce them.

Procedures for registering Kranjska klobasa were initiated in March 2009 and were far from simple. In the procedure, Slovenia succeeded in proving to the Commission that Kranjska (Land of Carniola) was a central Slovenian region within the Habsburg Empire. Evidence of the product’s specificity was submitted to the European Commission and a lot of written documentation was provided indicating the reputation of Kranjska klobasa as a Slovenian product dating from the second half of the 18th century to the present.

The European Commission found the substantiation appropriate and on 18 February 2012 published the summary of the application for Kranjska klobasa in the Official Journal of the European Union. Pursuant to the EU legislation, the Member States and third countries were given an opportunity to submit their opposition to the registration within six months of the publication of the application. Opposition was submitted by Austria, Germany and Croatia.

Following negotiations with Austria, Germany and Croatia, the European Commission published the registration of Kranjska klobasa, thus protecting it as a Slovenian product. The Austrian and German producers are free to continue to use the terms ‘Krainer’, ‘Käsekrainer’, ‘Schweinskrainer’, ‘Osterkrainer’ and ‘Bauernkrainer’ without time restrictions, while the use of the terms ‘Kranjska’ and ‘Kranjska kobasica’ is allowed for the transitional period of 15 years.

Kranjska klobasa is indeed among the most original and most popular Slovenian meat products. Undoubtedly, it is one of the most internationally recognisable Slovenian culinary specialties. It is appreciated and renowned not only in Slovenia but also elsewhere, hence the protection of Kranjska klobasa as a Slovenian product at the EU level is of great importance.

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