The Czech Republic is calling for protection from the EU of its traditional beer, according to reports over the weekend.

The head of the Czech Beer and Malt Association, Jan Vesely, argues that Czech-brewed pilsner lager has unique qualities and ought to be protected under EU geographic law.

The Beer and Malt Association wants only beer produced in the traditional way with technology based on specific fermentation laws and using local raw materials to be called "Czech beer."

Brewers in the Czech Republic would still be able to produce other beers, but would not be able to call them "Czech beer."

The Czech Republic joined the EU on 1 May along with nine other nations.