In its latest study, Observer of the Alpine Convention Euromontana monitored the uptake of the European optional quality term (OQT) “mountain product” in the European Union since its creation in 2012. Mountain products are high quality and sustainable products that contribute to the continuation of traditional knowledge, the preservation of mountain farming, the provision of fair income for farmers, the maintenance of landscapes, and the protection of mountain biodiversity.
This study analysed recent developments in 17 countries to provide a state of play on the implementation of the OQT in the European Union. The study also entails statistics on the uptake by producers and examples of operators using the OQT “mountain product”.
Euromontana encourages the European Commission to remind their Member States about this OQT possibility and to do a follow-up of its implementation, including in the Farm to Fork Strategy to ensure the production of quality food in Europe.
Learn more on the implementation of the OQT “mountain product” in Euromontana’s study!