European Union Confusion, Controversy as Referendum Nears After the surprising announcement of a referendum on creditors’ austerity proposal, Greeks struggle with capital controls and conflicting interpretations of the meaning of a yes or no vote on Sunday. Olive Council Looks for a New Leader The International Olive Council (IOC) has begun a search for a new executive director to replace Jean-Louis Barjol, whose term ends in December. Tyrosol or Tyrosols: Greek Agency’s Stance on Health Claim Comes Down to Semantics A Greek agency's refusal to recognize tyrosol derivatives is based not on any scientific evidence, but on misguided wordplay. Solace in Olive Oil as Talks Continue in Greece As Greece and its creditors endure tense negotiations, some find hope in the relative security of olive oil. Olive Council Members Draft New Agreement Discussions on the draft took place before the IOC’s 24th extraordinary session in Madrid last week. Cerignola, Apulia Set to Host 2nd National Competition for Table Olives Monna Oliva evaluates table olives from different regions to support producers and help them improve product quality and revitalize the sector. Uncertainty in Greek Olive Oil Industry as Government Struggles to Avoid Default Greek olive oil exports have increased, but more bottling and branding could bring Greece money desperately needed during the economic crisis. Crop Losses in France Result in Tight Stock, Higher Prices France Agrimer said the disastrous results were mostly due to the ravages of the olive fly when mild temperatures allowed the pests to flourish. EVOO Awards Stir Competitive Spirit in Greece Despite the bleak economic outlook for Greece these days, the future looks bright for producers who strive for quality. Resolution Calls for Stronger Action to Prevent Spread of Xf The European Parliament called for the introduction of incentives for producers implementing preventive measures. Slow Food Launches First Olive Oil ‘Presidium’ Slow Food has launched the first "presidium" to promote the environmental, health and economic value of Italian extra virgin olive oil. In Latest Bid for Relevance, Council Seeks to Standardize Competitions Facing waning interest in its own olive oil competition, the International Olive Council will offer to endorse rival events that abide by its rules. Olive Oil Flows Through Expo2015 and Beyond Olive oil will be on stage both inside the Expo area and in other locations which will welcome visitors with tastings, meetings and food tours. © 2015 Olive Oil Times. All Rights Reserved.