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Turkey Joins IOC

May. 3, 2010
Olive Oil Times Staff

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IOC Welcomes Turkey

The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation – the deposi­tary of the Agreement – has noti­fied that the Government of Turkey filed its instru­ment of acces­sion to the 2005 International Agreement on Olive Oil and Table Olives on 21 February 2010. Turkey thus joined the Agreement on that date. On behalf of all its Members, the International Olive Council wel­comes back Turkey to the mem­ber­ship of the Organisation, which it belonged to under pre­ced­ing Agreements. This lat­est acces­sion brings the mem­ber­ship of the Organisation to 18: Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Croatia, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Montenegro, Serbia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and the European Union (with its 27 Member States).

The International Olive Oil Council

The International Olive Council is the world’s only inter­na­tional inter­gov­ern­men­tal organ­i­sa­tion in the field of olive oil and table olives. It was set up in Madrid, Spain, in 1959, under the aus­pices of the United Nations. It used to be known as the International Olive Oil Council or IOOC until 2006, when its name was changed.

The Council is a deci­sive player in con­tribut­ing to the sus­tain­able and respon­si­ble devel­op­ment of olive grow­ing and it serves as a world forum for dis­cussing pol­i­cy­mak­ing issues and tack­ling present and future chal­lenges. It does so by:

* encour­ag­ing inter­na­tional tech­ni­cal coop­er­a­tion on research and devel­op­ment projects, train­ing and the trans­fer of tech­nol­ogy
* encour­ag­ing the expan­sion of inter­na­tional trade in olive oil and table olives, draw­ing up and updat­ing prod­uct trade stan­dards and improv­ing qual­ity
* enhanc­ing the envi­ron­men­tal impact of olive grow­ing and the olive indus­try
* pro­mot­ing world con­sump­tion of olive oil and table olives through inno­v­a­tive cam­paigns and action plans
* sup­ply­ing clear, accu­rate infor­ma­tion and sta­tis­tics on the world olive and olive oil mar­ket
* enabling gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives and experts to meet reg­u­larly to dis­cuss prob­lems and con­cerns and to fix pri­or­i­ties for IOC action
* work­ing in close part­ner­ship with the pri­vate sec­tor

Its cur­rent mem­ber­ship [Members] includes the lead­ing inter­na­tional pro­duc­ers and exporters of olive oil and table olives. IOC pro­ducer Members account for 98% of world olive pro­duc­tion, located pri­mar­ily in the Mediterranean region.

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The IOC is com­mit­ted to the inte­grated, sus­tain­able devel­op­ment of world olive grow­ing. It attempts to trans­late this com­mit­ment into tan­gi­ble advance­ment for its mem­ber coun­tries and, most impor­tantly, for the ordi­nary peo­ple who earn their liveli­hood from the pro­duce of the olive tree.

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