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Tokaj deal in offing?

A joint Hungarian-Slovak expert commission agreed yesterday to begin work next month on a legal and technical agreement that would allow Slovak wine from the Tokaj region to be sold under the brand name Tokaj. A fight over this has been going on for years, with Hungary in 1993 concluding a deal with the EU according to which only Hungary could sell under the Tokaj label in the European Union. Hungarian Tokaj makers make about 200,000 hectolitres of the wine a year, of which about half is exported. The Slovak side says it would be able to export so little it couldn't possibly bother the Hungarians; the Hungarians demand, on the other hand, is that vineyards growing Tokaj grapes in Slovakia be cut from 908 hectares to 172.

Compiled by Tom Nicholson from press reports.
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