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Europe Increases Tunisia's Export Quota

Jul. 27, 2015
By Isabel Putinja

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The annual export quota for olive oil from Tunisia to the Euro­pean Union (EU) has been increased by 25,000 tons.

The deci­sion to increase the annual quota was announced at a joint press con­fer­ence held by Fed­er­ica Mogherini, High Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Euro­pean Union for For­eign Affairs and Secu­rity Pol­icy, and Tunisian Prime Min­is­ter Habib Essid in Brus­sels on July 20, 2015, fol­low­ing the meet­ing of EU min­is­ters of exter­nal affairs.

Pre­vi­ously, olive oil exports from Tunisia to the EU were sub­ject to an annual quota of 56,700 tons, with the new quota bring­ing this to a total of 81,700 tons per year. Mogherini also announced that Tunisia would no longer be sub­ject to the monthly export quo­tas which were fixed by the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion ear­lier this year.

More than 70 per­cent of Tunisia’s olive oil is exported to the EU, mostly to Italy and Spain, two coun­tries which suf­fered sig­nif­i­cant losses to their olive crops dur­ing the last har­vest. Mean­while, Tunisia expe­ri­enced an excel­lent crop and exported a record 242,000 tons from Novem­ber 2014 to the end of June 2015, seven times more than the pre­vi­ous sea­son. /olive-oil-busi­ness/africa-mid­dle-east­/­tunisian-olive-oil-exports-reach-record-high­/48184

In addi­tion to olive oil being Tunisia’s main agri­cul­tural export to the EU, it is also an impor­tant agri­cul­tural resource which pro­vides direct and indi­rect employ­ment to more than a mil­lion Tunisians.


Also announced at the press con­fer­ence was a finan­cial sup­port pack­age of 23 mil­lion Euro towards secu­rity reform in Tunisia fol­low­ing the deadly attacks in Sousse, and the deci­sion to include Tunisia as the first Arab part­ner in the research pro­gram Hori­zon 2020.

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