`Europe Increases Tunisia’s Export Quotas

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Europe Increases Tunisia’s Export Quotas

Feb. 2, 2015
Isabel Putinja

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A revised reg­u­la­tion adopted Jan­u­ary 30, 2015 has adjusted the monthly export quota fixed by the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion in order to take into account the cur­rent pro­duc­tion year and facil­i­tate the olive oil trad­ing between Tunisia and the EU.

From now until the end of Octo­ber 2015, the amount of olive oil Tunisia can export to Europe will be fixed at 9,000 tons for Feb­ru­ary and March, and 8,000 tons from April to Octo­ber.

The over­all annual quota, how­ever, remains unchanged. Under the Asso­ci­a­tion Agree­ment between the EU and Tunisia, olive oil exports from Tunisia to the EU are sub­ject to a quota of 56,700 tons per year.

The Euro­pean Commission’s deci­sion fol­lows a request from the Tunisian author­i­ties to increase the monthly export quo­tas so Tunisian pro­duc­ers can ben­e­fit as much as pos­si­ble from their export poten­tial imme­di­ately fol­low­ing an excel­lent olive har­vest.

Dur­ing this crop year, Tunisian olive oil pro­duc­tion increased by 400 per­cent, mak­ing it the world’s sec­ond largest pro­ducer after Spain.

Olive oil is Tunisia’s main agri­cul­tural export to the EU, and the olive oil indus­try is an impor­tant part of the country’s econ­omy, pro­vid­ing direct and indi­rect employ­ment to more than one mil­lion peo­ple and rep­re­sent­ing one-fifth of the country’s total agri­cul­tural employ­ment.

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In a state­ment dated Jan­u­ary 30, 2015, the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion said the revised quo­tas reflected the EU’s com­mit­ment to its part­ner­ship with Tunisia at a time when the coun­try is head­ing towards a demo­c­ra­tic path fol­low­ing leg­isla­tive and pres­i­den­tial elec­tions.

Europe reit­er­ated its polit­i­cal and finan­cial sup­port to Tunisi­a’s new gov­ern­ment for the reforms needed to strengthen demo­c­ra­tic gains and address socio-eco­nomic chal­lenges.


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