EU designates zivania - Cyprus’ national alcoholic drink - as a protected product
The European Union has decided to designate the Cypriot national alcoholic drink zivania as a protected product, not only within the EU but also in third countries.
The EU also gave Cyprus the right to be the only country outside Greece with the right to make ouzo and market it under that name.
A Cyprus government official said this was the best development that could have taken place, adding that this is the first time the EU had given a product - in this case ouzo - geographic origin from two different member states.
The registration of these two products as protected, creates conditions for better competition and better protection both in the EU as well as third countries.