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News article28 March 2023Representation in Cyprus

First Turkish Cypriot ‘Χαλλουμι’ (Halloumi)/‘Hellim’ cheese awarded Protected Designation of Origin certificate

Today the first Turkish Cypriot ‘Χαλλουμι’ (Halloumi)/‘Hellim’ cheese producer was awarded the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) certificate under the EU quality scheme.


Following the registration of the name ‘Χαλλουμι’ (Halloumi)/‘Hellim’ as PDO, only Halloumi/Hellim produced on the island of Cyprus in accordance with the requirements of the related product specification can be marketed in the European Union as ‘Χαλλουμι’ (Halloumi)/‘Hellim’. This provides for the possibility for producers on both sides of the Green Line to apply for PDO certification of their products.

The first control in the Turkish Cypriot community took place in February this year by Bureau Veritas, an internationally accredited body delegated to perform the related official controls throughout the island. The first producer from the Turkish Cypriot community was assessed to be compliant with the requirements set out in the ‘Χαλλουμι’ (Halloumi)/‘Hellim’ PDO product specification.

The PDO control and certification system by Bureau Veritas is in place since the application of the Commission Regulation registering ‘Χαλλουμι’ (Halloumi)/‘Hellim’ as PDO. A number of Halloumi producers established in the areas of the Republic of Cyprus under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus have already received the PDO certification under this system. 

Meanwhile, the measures concerning EU animal and public health requirements required to be fulfilled for the Turkish Cypriot community to fully benefit from the EU quality scheme by trading the PDO products across the Green Line still remain to be implemented.

Mario Nava, Director General for Structural Reform Support in the European Commission, stated: “‘Χαλλουμι’ (Halloumi)/‘Hellim’ is a shared heritage of both communities of the island of Cyprus. Today’s important step demonstrates that concrete benefits of a full EU membership are available to the Turkish Cypriot community, and encourages the Turkish Cypriots to proceed towards achieving compliance with EU standards. In this context, the Χαλλουμι’ (Halloumi)/‘Hellim’ PDO-process is a mini-reunification laboratory. We remain committed to work with both Cypriot communities, contributing to rebuilding of trust between them and paving the way to the reunification of the island.”



The registration of ‘Χαλλουμι’ (Halloumi)/‘Hellim’, the most known cheese of Cyprus, as a PDO in 2021, enabled the producers from both Cypriot communities to benefit from this EU quality scheme.

Turkish Cypriot community still needs to implement measures related to EU sanitary and phytosanitary standards, before the ‘Χαλλουμι’ (Halloumi)/‘Hellim’ PDO cheese by Turkish Cypriot producers can be allowed to be marketed in the EU. This is expected by end of 2024.

The Commission is supporting this process and the Turkish Cypriot dairy sector under the Aid Programme for the Turkish Cypriot community.


For More Information

Green Line Regulation

Protected Designation of Origin (PDO)

Aid Programme for the Turkish Cypriot community



Publication date
28 March 2023
Representation in Cyprus