26 October, 2006
The EU Council of Agriculture Ministers convened in Luxembourg on Wednesday and decided that the Greek alcoholic drinks ouzo, tsipouro, tsikoudia and the Cypriot zivania are protected products within the European Union, but also towards third countries.
Greece was represented at the session by Agricultural Development and Foods Minister Evangelos Basiakos who was accompanied by the secretary-general of agricultural policy and international relations Christos Avgoulas.
Specifically, the safeguarding of the above-mentioned Greek drinks was achieved within the framework of the new regulation regarding alcoholic drinks.
On the new regulation concerning organic farming, Basiakos called for the effective protection of organically-grown products in Greece from the import of similar products from third countries.
Source: Athens News Agency