`Olive Council Decision-Makers Meeting This Week in Madrid


Olive Council Decision-Makers Meeting This Week in Madrid

Nov. 27, 2013
Julie Butler

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The future of the Inter­na­tional Olive Coun­cil is among key top­ics to be dis­cussed at the annual ses­sion of its deci­sion-mak­ing organ, the Coun­cil of Mem­bers, in Madrid this week.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the IOC’s 18 mem­bers coun­tries are attend­ing the ses­sion and for the first time are joined by a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the United States — believed to be a Madrid-based employee of the U.S. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture — attend­ing as an observer.

Run­ning from Novem­ber 25 to 29, the 101st reg­u­lar ses­sion of the coun­cil includes a range of meet­ings of spe­cial­ist com­mit­tees.

On Mon­day and Tues­day the Work­ing Group on the Future of the IOC was to con­tinue debat­ing the future of the IOC in the lead-up to the expiry of the 2005 Inter­na­tional Agree­ment on Olive Oil and Table Olives at the end of next year.

Out­come of work on new test­ing meth­ods and new pro­mo­tion schemes also on the agenda

Among other top­ics to be dis­cussed at the coun­cil are:

- the pro­duc­tion, con­sump­tion and trade sta­tis­tics for olive oil and table olives for 2011/12 (final), 2012/13 (pro­vi­sional) and 2013/14 (esti­mated) are to be reported to the IOC’s Eco­nomic Com­mit­tee by the Exec­u­tive Sec­re­tariat

- pro­ducer prices and how cur­rency aspects affect inter­na­tional trade in olive oil will be analysed by the same com­mit­tee

- the con­clu­sions reached at meet­ings of the work­ing groups on IOC sta­tis­tics and the har­monised tar­iff codes sys­tem will be pre­sented

- pro­mo­tion activ­i­ties sched­uled for 2014 and those car­ried out since the last, extra­or­di­nary ses­sion of the IOC will be reviewed by the Pro­mo­tion Com­mit­tee

- the pro­posed approval of a grant for generic pro­mo­tional activ­i­ties to boost con­sump­tion in IOC mem­ber coun­tries will be put to Com­mit­tee mem­bers

- the out­come of work on new test­ing meth­ods and of the olive oil authen­tifi­ca­tion sem­i­nar, the Mario Soli­nas Qual­ity Award, the con­clu­sions of the work­ing group on qual­ity strat­egy, the har­mon­i­sa­tion of the Codex and IOC table olive stan­dards and the IOC lab­o­ra­tory and panel recog­ni­tion scheme will be among mat­ters reported by the Exec­u­tive Sec­re­tariat to the Tech­ni­cal Com­mit­tee

- results from sev­eral ongo­ing projects (irri­ga­tion man­age­ment (IRRIGAOLIVO), genetic resources (RESGEN), pilot demon­stra­tion olive nurs­eries, world olive germplasm col­lec­tions, car­bon foot­print) will be shared with the same com­mit­tee

- the IOC bud­get, the con­tri­bu­tions of the mem­ber coun­tries, and pro­posed amend­ments to admin­is­tra­tive pro­ce­dures are among items to be dis­cussed by the Finan­cial Com­mit­tee

Wel­come to new IOC mem­ber Uruguay

On Thurs­day evening the IOC is host­ing a World Olive Day recep­tion for del­e­ga­tions, the press and the diplo­matic corps.

The ple­nary ses­sion on Fri­day will include an offi­cial wel­come to Uruguay, the IOC’s newest Mem­ber, after which IOC Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Jean-Louis Bar­jol will present his activ­ity report and the chairs of each IOC com­mit­tee, includ­ing the IOC Advi­sory Com­mit­tee, will report on the out­come of their delib­er­a­tions.

The IOC’s 18 mem­bers are Alba­nia, Alge­ria, Argentina, Croa­tia, Egypt, the Euro­pean Union, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jor­dan, Lebanon, Libya, Mon­tene­gro, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and Uruguay.

Mem­bers of the press are not allowed to observe IOC meet­ings.

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