EU agrees to protect Swiss cheese

Switzerland and the European Union have signed an agreement which aims to protect the origins of local agricultural products.

This content was published on May 17, 2011 - 21:11 and agencies

Economics Minister Johann Schneider-Ammann was in Brussels on Tuesday to sign the agreement alongside European commissioner Dacian Ciolos.

The accord aims to protect the geographical origins and local production of around 20 Swiss products such as raclette and gruyère cheeses, as well as around 800 EU agricultural products.

It is an addition to a first agriculture deal in 1999.

While in Brussels, Schneider-Ammann and Ciolos will also discuss the further development of the Swiss-EU agricultural policy, including a comprehensive bilateral treaty.

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