BULGARIA: Protection granted for spirits
Bulgaria has won protection within the European Union (EU) for names of 13 traditionally-made spirits drinks, mostly types of fruit spirits called rakiya, once it joins the EU, probably in January 2007.
In a membership deal, Bulgaria will be allowed to increase land under viticulture by 1.5% from the current 156,000 hectares, a right available to other EU wine producing states.
Appellation wine names (such as Plovdiv) are already protected under the 2001 EU-Bulgaria wine agreement. On labelling, Bulgaria won the right to translate appellations into another EU language than their own, because foreign consumers would be confused by its Cyrillic alphabet.
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