The European Commission adopted a new mea­sure Monday to pro­vide aid to EU pro­duc­ers for the stor­age of olive oil. The mea­sure was intro­duced in response to an imbal­ance in the EU olive oil mar­ket with regard to sup­ply and demand, and a fall in price as a result.

Prices have fallen recently in Spain, Greece and Portugal due to an excess in sup­ply fol­low­ing the 2018/​19 har­vest. In mid-October, the price of extra vir­gin olive oil in Spain was 33 per­cent below the five-year aver­age, while in Greece the price was 13.5 per­cent lower.

Olive oil stocks in the EU are esti­mated to be cur­rently at 859,000 tons, with Spain hold­ing 88 per­cent. This is expected to increase once the 2019/​20 har­vest is com­plete. In order to relieve pres­sure on the EU olive oil mar­ket, it is hoped that the pri­vate stor­age scheme will help to sta­bi­lize it.


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