The Italy-Slovenia dispute over Vinegar: the European Commission extends the decision for 3 months
The Italy-Slovenia dispute over Vinegar: the European Commission extends the decision for 3 months. I don’t know if you heard what Slovenia has announced. That it wants to make its own vinegar (we also talked about it here). As we have already pointed out. The European Commission had been notified and we are here to inform you about new evolutions.
A few weeks ago, the Italian government came out to defend Balsamic Vinegar. After the announcement by Slovenia that it intends to make its own Balsamic Vinegar, a practice in contrast with the current EU regulations for the protection of Black Gold. The MIPAAF (Italian Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policies) notified this decision to the European Commission.
Regarding the Italy-Slovenia dispute over vinegar
Regarding the Italy-Slovenia dispute over vinegar, the European Commission extends the decision for 3 months. In fact, it should have ruled on 03 March 2021 but has extended the resolution by three months (until 03 June 2021) to examine the matter. Ljubljana would like to use the designation “Balsamic Vinegar” for any mixture of cooked must and wine vinegar. Too bad that doing so would act contrary to EU rights. Aimed at protecting an Italian product that is a symbol of gastronomic excellence.
Agriculture Minister Stefano Patuanelli had already ruled on the issue. He calls it a “serious damage that the Slovenian law causes to the Italian production of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PGI and Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PDO”.
The Honourable Paolo de Castro had also intervened in the matter. He asked the European Commission for urgent intervention by the Community Executive. According to the Honourable Member, it would not only be a violation of the protection of the P.D.O. and P.G.I. certifications of the Balsamic Vinegar. Also, a distorted information to consumers. The buyer should be able to recognize the REAL balsamic vinegar. Also thanks to the denominations shown on the label. If he were faced with asymmetrical information, his own rights as a consumer would be violated.
The president of the Consortium for the Protection of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PGI, Mariangela Grosoli, thanks all those who have personally taken action in defence of Balsamic. Including OriGIn Italia and OriGIn Europa.
The Italian government is the primary ally of Balsamic vinegar in the Italy-Slovenia dispute over vinegar. The European Commission extends the decision for 3 months. And we hope for a resolution that will leave our one and beloved Black Gold of Modena on the throne.
Greetings from Modena!