Bulgarian honey seeks protection in Brussels

The Oak Forest honeydew honey from Strandzha region will become the first Bulgarian product under such protection

Photo: Monitor Oak forest honeydew honey attracted great interest at the Green Week expo in Berlin few months ago.

The producers of the oak forest honeydew honey will soon start the registration procedure for a protected designation of origin for their bee pollen, Manol Todorov, member of the association manufacturing this unique product, told the Monitor daily. According to him, within two-three months the honeydew honey from Strandzha region may become the first Bulgarian product enjoying special EU protection.

“Now we are just a step away from this. We have information from the European Commission that we have done everything we had to do and there are no remarks concerning our product”, he explained. “The adjustment procedures by the EU directories and final approval will follow now. Then we will file our candidacy for one more product, namely bee pollen from Strandzha. These two registrations will enable us to produce high-quality bee products that will give people a chance to make good money” he said further. Todorov also said that he will ask the EU for additional funds for pollination to be allocated from the EU funding for beekeeping programmes.

On 31 July three-day symposium started the town of Tsarevo dedicated to oak forest honeydew honey with Maria Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society taking part in the opening ceremony.

A reference in the website of the European Commission shows that Portugal has the greatest number of registrations for protected designation of honey origin – the country boasts nine registrations. All of them, with the exception of the last one made in 2005, were made in June, 1996. Spain takes the second place, with six registrations, as only one is for protected geographical indication (PGI), as well as one more application. France boasts five registrations and Poland – four. On the Balkans Greece and Croatia have one registration each.

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