A conflict over exclusive rights to a traditional type of sausage was settled Friday as Austria and Slovenia accepted each other's products, Vienna's agricultural ministry announced.
Slovenian plans to have its Kranjska klobasa protected under EU law had raised concerns in Austria, which feared that it might lose the right to sell its identical Krainer sausages as well as the popular cheese-filled version.
"After intensive bilateral negotiations, Austria and Slovenia managed to find a compromise on the subject of cheese Krainer sausages today," the ministry said.
Slovenia will register its product with the European Union's protected designation of origin, but agreed that Austrian producers could keep selling their versions under the German names.
Austrians eat more than 1 kilogram of sausage per month on average, according to official statistics.
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