`Olive Council Members Meet in 23rd Session

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Olive Council Members Meet in 23rd Session

Feb. 13, 2015
Isabel Putinja

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The Inter­na­tional Olive Coun­cil (IOC) held the 23rd extra­or­di­nary ses­sion of its Coun­cil of Mem­bers on Feb­ru­ary 4 and 5.

The out­come of the meet­ing included the adop­tion of sev­eral deci­sions related to the IOC stan­dard for olive oils and pomace oils and the Codex stan­dard, as well as revi­sions to its test­ing meth­ods.

The Coun­cil also adopted three reports for the upcom­ing meet­ing of the Codex Com­mit­tee on Fats and Oils in Malaysia.

In other devel­op­ments, the Coun­cil agreed to IOC’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the upcom­ing Climo­live project which aims to con­sol­i­date the 22 olive germplasm banks in IOC’s net­work, pro­vid­ing an inter­na­tional ref­er­ence for the con­ser­va­tion and sus­tain­able use of genetic resources. The project has been pre­sented to the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion for fund­ing.

Also dis­cussed were arrange­ments for an upcom­ing pro­mo­tion cam­paign in Japan fol­low­ing an exploratory meet­ing in Tokyo last month; upcom­ing dead­lines for grant appli­ca­tions for tech­ni­cal assis­tance activ­i­ties, national pro­mo­tion activ­i­ties and nom­i­na­tions for can­di­dates for upcom­ing sem­i­nars and train­ing courses; and the resump­tion of talks on the future of the IOC by the Euro­pean Union in May.

Present at the meet­ing were rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Alba­nia, Alge­ria, Argentina, the Euro­pean Union, Iran, Israel, Jor­dan, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia and Uruguay, (with Uruguay also rep­re­sent­ing Mon­tene­gro in its absence).

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