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Aug. 27, 2012

Europe's Olive Oil 'Action Plan' Still on Drawing Board

Final details of the European Commission’s olive oil action plan may not be available until the end of September, according to sources close to European Commissioner for Agriculture Dacian Cioloş.

Aug. 27, 2012

Report Forecasts Olive Oil Prospects for Spain, Italy, Greece

A report projects the largest producers will have their ups and downs towards 2020. Only Spain is expected to experience a rise in production

Aug. 6, 2012

New Report Takes Pulse of EU Olive Oil Farms

The average income on olive oil farms has been on a slide and is significantly lower than the average for other farms, according to a new report.

May. 7, 2012

European Commission Advisory Group Told Panel Tests 'Not Sustainable'

Concerns with the olive oil panel test were aired at the last meeting of the European Commission’s Advisory Group on Olives and Derived Products.

Apr. 25, 2012

Greek Olive Oil Mills on the Road to Perdition

The European Commission has decided to find solutions for the troubled olive oil sector in Europe. Mills in Greece stagnate, and it is more than urgent to overcome their structural problems.

Apr. 23, 2012

Ciolos Promises Shake-Up

Beefed up testing, better classification of olive oil and reaching out to non-EU producers are among a package of measures promised by European Commissioner for Agriculture Dacian Cioloş after meeting in Córdoba today with industry members.

Apr. 2, 2012

Olive Regions Work on Joint Strategy to Maintain EU Subsidies

A new olive oil lobby group is urgently preparing a position paper to protect its members from threatended subsidy cuts by the European Commission.

Feb. 29, 2012

Spanish Producers Call Moroccan Olive Oil Trade Deal a 'Disaster'

Moroccan olive oil producers say Spain should not be so afraid of a wider EU-Morocco free trade deal - at least for now - because the US market is their main target.

Feb. 23, 2012

Think Twice About Antioxidant Claims

One of few food label claims to survive a rigorous European review was the antioxidant effect of olive polyphenols, news that saw the olive extract sector surge. But nutrition expert John Finley counsels caution on such claims.

Feb. 8, 2012

EU Offers Olive Oil Storage Aid Amid Tumbling Prices

The European Commission is set to subsidize the temporary storage of 100,000 tons of olive oil in a bid to bolster dismal farm-gate prices.

Feb. 2, 2012

Europe Reviews Olive Oil Quality Benchmark

Commissioner Dacian Cioloş announced a review in response to a call by Italian parliament members for the alkyl esters parameter for EVOO to be lowered.

Jan. 22, 2012

Spain Looks for Solutions on Olive Oil Prices, Quality

Spain is pushing for European Commission aid to bulk store extra virgin olive oil until its price improves and is debating other measures to improve quality and sustain the ailing sector.

Jan. 18, 2012

EU Codifies Marketing Standards for Olive Oil

In the interests of clarity and rationality, the European Union has this month published an updated version of its regulation on marketing standards for olive oil.

Jan. 8, 2012

Unaprol President Urges Europe to Lower Alkyl Ester Limits

Italy's consortium of Italian olive oil producers, responded to consumers' concerns in the wake of 'Made in Italy' mislabeling claims.

Oct. 24, 2011

Olive Oil Industry Groups Reject Proposals for CAP Reform

Proposals include limiting the subsidies large farms can receive, and allocating a fixed amount per hectare rather than according to the production history -- a change that would see France and Spain lose the most, according to reports.

Sep. 29, 2011

European Commission OKs Payments for Six Months of Olive Oil Storage

The European Commission announced today that it will provide private storage aid enabling up to 100,000 tons of Spanish virgin olive oil to be stored for six months.

Aug. 6, 2011

European Commission Prepares to Ban Thousands of Unproved Health Claims

Food marketers are on notice as Europe gears up to ban thousands of claims on labels but the antioxidant effects of polyphenols in olive oil was among the few approved.

May. 27, 2011

Commissioner's Answer Still "No" to Aid for Private Olive Oil Storage

Despite receiving a petition with 50,000 supporting signatures from Spain alone, the European Commission today stood firm on its rejection of calls for the introduction of private storage aid for olive oil.