14 New Croatian Products to Receive EU Protection

Daniela Rogulj

In the current register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications at the EU level are prosciutto from Krk, extra virgin olive oil from Cres, mandarins from Neretva, sour cabbage / sauerkraut from Ogulin, kulen from Baranja, potatoes from Lika, prosciutto from Istria, prosciutto from Drniš, Dalmatian prosciutto, soparnik, zeljanik or uljenjak from Poljica, turkey from Zagora, and the recently added olive oil from Korčula and lamb from Pag.

HRTurizam reports that soon another 14 new products will be listed. The Minister of Agriculture, Prof. Ph.D Davor Romić, along with representatives of associations for producers, signed contracts in early September on the co-financing of specifications of agricultural products and foods to protect the title designation of origin, geographical origin or guaranteed traditional specialty. The support includes the allocation of grants earmarked for co-financing the costs of making the product specifications, laboratory testing required to produce product specifications, and polling of the market. The amount of aid granted by a particular user is a maximum of 75,000 kuna (including VAT).


Of the 18 applications received for grants under the program, the Ministry of Agriculture has accepted 14 applications for a total funding of 726,344.49 kuna. The funds have been assigned for the preparation of specifications of the following products:


1. Rudarska greblica – Geographical Indications

2. Kvargl – Geographical Indications

3. Štrukli from Zagora- Geographical Indications

4. Acacia honey from Zagora – Designation of Origin

5. Kipić from Varaždin – Geographical Indications

6. Mussels from Novigradska – Designation of Origin

7. Vrbovečka Pera – Guaranteed Traditional Specialty

8. Olive oil from Brač- Designation of Origin

9. Cheese from Krk – Designation of Origin

10. Sheep cheese from Istria – Designation of Origin

11. Potatoes / Kalamper from Međimurje – Geographical Indications

12. Škripavac from Lika – Geographical Indications

13. Beef / Boškarin from Istria – Designation of Origin

14. Cheese from Pag – Designation of Origin


Some of the products on the list include perhaps unfamiliar items such as “rudarska greblica”, a walnut type cheesecake made in Rude near Samobar, and “kvargl”, a cheese made in Bjelovar. The recent addition of cheese from Krk will grant Krk with three protected products, making them the leader of protected designations of excellence and geographical indications in Croatia.


The aim of this program is to encourage producer groups to enter the procedure to protect product names for designation of origin, geographical origin or guaranteed traditional specialty.


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