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Austria, Slovenia to Settle Smoked Sausage Squabble, APA Reports

Austria is set to settle a dispute over plans by its southern neighbor Slovenia to protect the name of a sausage popular in both nations, the Austrian Press Agency reported today.

Austria’s Agriculture Minister Nikolaus Berlakovich and his Slovene colleague Franc Bogovic have reached a compromise in the dispute, APA said, citing the Austrian ministry. An experts’ commission will meet next week to work out the deal, the agency reported.

Slovenia will pursue its plan to restrict the right to sell the smoked pork sausage under its traditional name --“Kranjska klobasa” in Slovenia or “Krainer Wurst” in Austria -- under European Union regulations that also protect Italian Parma ham or Greek Feta cheese. Under the deal the ministers reached, Austrian producers would still be allowed to use the name Kaesekrainer for a variety of the sausage that contains bits of cheese and is the most popular in Austria.

Austria and Slovenia, both part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire before World War I, are embroiled in several disputes over their common cultural heritage. A 56-year debate over minority rights for ethnic Slovenes in southern Austria ended with a deal for dual-language road signs only last year.

Nationalist Austrian politicians including the late Joerg Haider objected to the use of some motifs on Slovenia’s euro coins, arguing Slovenia was misusing Austrian symbols. Austria gained a protected status like the one sought for the sausages by Slovenia for pumpkin seed oil, which is equally popular and traditional in Slovenia.

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