Development Ministry Presents Proposals for ‘Greek product’ Label

Costis HatzidakisDevelopment and Competitiveness Minister Costis Hatzidakis and Deputy Development Minister Athanassios Skordas on Thursday presented three alternative proposals for a “Greek label” to be used on products and services produced in Greece: a ship, a heart and an ancient column.

The plans were unveiled for a 15-day period of public consultation on the special website of the development ministry’s general secretariat for commerce. The ministry also aims to have finalized the wording of the label within the month, so that companies can start applying for certification in May.

Firms awarded certification to carry the label may be required to pay a fee, depending on the category of product and the cost of the certification process.

The ministry said that the rules for certification have so far been drawn up for alcoholic beverages and dairy products, with rules for olive oil, honey, wine, pulses, pasta and other goods to follow.

According to Skordas, the label was seen as a tool for encouraging local production and weaning Greek industry away from producing bulk and non-branded products.

Replying to questions about the ongoing negotiations with the troika, the ministers advised patience until the weekend, noting that the government was in contact with all supporting parties during the talks and that “everything is done in collaboration, with the Prime Minister expressing the government’s positions.”
(source: ana-mpa)