European Commission

EU to Import 70,000 Tons of Duty-Free Tunisian Olive Oil to Help Recovery Since Terror Attacks

European Members of Parliament have endorsed a plan to help the Tunisian economy in the wake of last year’s terrorists attacks by allowing 70,000 tons of duty-free olive oil imports.

Italy ‘Not Respecting Obligations’ to Eradicate Xylella, EU Says

The eradication of diseased trees have not been sufficient to reassure the EU that Italy is doing all it should to contain the outbreak.
Special Report

Harvest Will Not Recoup Low Stocks in Spain

A report by the USDA Global Agricultural Information Network estimates that production in Spain this season will not make up for the depleted stores.

European Commission Issues New Guidelines on ‘Joint Selling’ of Olive Oil and Other Foods

The new guidelines set out three "efficiency-based" derogations to EU antitrust rules that allow producers to jointly sell and set prices, volumes and other terms under certain conditions.
Olive Oil Times Special

New EU Funds for Research on Xylella Fastidiosa

Europe has set aside €7 million for research on the prevention, detection, and control of Xylella fastidiosa.

Israel Denounces EU Rules for Labeling Olive Oil from Occupied Territories

Settlements in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Golan Heights will be required to indicate their origin lies within an Israeli occupation.
Special Report

EU Farmers’ Group Criticizes Plan to Increase Tunisian Olive Oil Imports

A plan to let more Tunisian olive oil into the EU has come under fire from Copa-Cogeca.

Italian Farmers Speak Out Against New EU Quota for Tunisian Olive Oil Imports

A proposed increase in Tunisia's quota will be damaging to the Italian sector, according to a farmers' group.