The European Commission has, despite Slovenia's opposition, adopted a delegated act whereby Croatian winemakers in Istria would be enabled to continue selling their wine made from the Teran grape variety under the name "Croatian Istria - Teran", and the act could be published early next week, the Slovenian news agency STA reported on Friday.
Before Croatia's accession to the EU Slovenia protected Teran as its own product at EU level, meaning that no one but Slovenian winemakers were allowed to sell wine under that name.
Croatia complained against this, saying that Slovenia did not have the right to protect Teran because the wine produced in the Slovenian part of the region of Istria under that name was made from the Refosco grape variety, while in the Croatian part of Istria it was made from the Teran grape variety.
The European Commission had for several years tried to get the two sides to reach a compromise but without any success. Eventually, it decided to prepare a draft delegated act allowing an exception enabling Croatian winemakers to use the name Teran.
Slovenia has announced it will question the jurisdiction of the European Commission with regard to the adoption of the delegated act, claiming that only smaller technical changes could be incorporated in EU legislation by delegated acts, but not issues such as protected designations of origin.