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Cyprus and the UK have agreed to have further contacts on registering the local traditional halloumi cheese as a product with Protected Designation of Origin.

The issue was discussed during a meeting on Tuesday between Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment Minister Nicos Kouyialis and UK High Commissioner to Cyprus Matthew Kidd.

According to an official press release, Kouyialis and Kidd discussed the dossier for the registration of halloumi as a PDO with the former, noting that the UK is the only EU member state which has submitted an objection to the Republic of Cyprus` application to patent halloumi cheese as an exclusive product. The two men decided to hold further contacts on this issue, it is added.

Kouyialis and Kidd also discussed the Paris agreement to address climate change and the need for its ratification by all states. They talked about the need for further cooperation to promote the ratification and implementation of the agreement. Moreover they agreed to pursue cooperation between the two countries in developing and implementing innovative projects, especially in the renewable energy resources sector.

According to the press release, Cyprus and the UK already cooperate closely in a series of fields falling within the competencies of the Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment Ministry. Kouyialis and Kidd also referred to the provision of technical assistance to the Ministry to help increase productivity and effectiveness through the wise use of human resources.

Moreover they discussed about the repercussions of Brexit on Cyprus, as the two countries maintain long standing close trade and financial relations.

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