European Union

Apr. 29, 2021

Olives Among Foods with Lowest Level of Pesticide Residues in Europe, Study Finds

A report by the European Food Safety Agency shows contaminant levels on olives among the lowest of all foods available to consumers.

Mar. 26, 2021

Europe Plans to Triple Agricultural Land Dedicated to Organic Farming by 2030

Olive farmers will be among the benefactors of European programs targeted at stimulating the consumption of organic products and financing the transition to organic farms.

Mar. 17, 2021

Hundreds of Scientists Support Adoption of Nutri-Score Labeling System

Almost 300 scientists and health professionals praised the scientific basis of Nutri-Score and criticized the alternative proposals.

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Mar. 9, 2021

'Digital Earth' Could Help Predict Effects of Climate Change

Scientists are building a digital model of the Earth that will act as an information system for better decision-making on development and environmental issues within the European Union.

Mar. 8, 2021

Creation of a MedDiet Label Key to E.U. Food Security and Sustainability, Report Says

The report argues that a renewed focus on the Mediterranean diet could help the region mitigate the impacts of climate change, promote sustainable agriculture and increase food security.

Mar. 5, 2021

Europe, U.S. Agree to Freeze Tariffs for Four Months

The decision came after a phone call between the U.S. president and European commissioner and will give the two sides time to negotiate a new trade deal.

Nov. 23, 2020

Germany Formally Adopts Nutri-Score Labels as Debate Continues

Germany’s decision to introduce Nutri-Score as its official front-of-pack label has been met with criticism.

Oct. 15, 2020

WTO Approves $4B in Tariffs on U.S. Goods Imported to Europe

The widely-expected move could pave the way to a de-escalation of trade tensions between the E.U. and U.S.

Oct. 6, 2020

Europe's Olive Oil Exports on Record-Breaking Pace

The E.U. also expects record-high imports in the 2019/20 crop year.

Sep. 28, 2020

Seven Countries Protest Adoption of Nutri-Score at European Meeting

Italy, the Czech Republic, Greece, Latvia, Hungary, Cyprus and Romania asked the E.U. to take a new approach to the subject of front-of-pack labeling.

Sep. 25, 2020

Labeling Systems Like Nutri-Score Could Save Lives, Researchers Say

Researchers across Europe demonstrated that consuming foods with a higher nutrient profiling score was associated with an increased mortality.

Aug. 31, 2020

E.U. Trade Commissioner Steps Down After Breaking Covid Rules

In an uncommon occasion in European politics, Phil Hogan has left his post as agriculture commissioner over the Golfgate scandal.

Aug. 25, 2020

Europe Removes Tariffs on U.S. Lobsters in Bid to De-Escalate Trade Tensions

In return for removing $111 million tariffs on lobster imports, the United States will eliminate $160 million in tariffs on a range of goods. Observers see this as the first step in de-escalating trade tensions that led to the imposition of a 25 percent tariff on some Spanish olive oils.

May. 1, 2020

EU Olive Oil Production Estimates Released

A smaller yield is expected in Spain compared to last season, with Italy and Greece bouncing back from their previously poor harvests.

Apr. 21, 2020

Mixed Fortunes for European Olive Oil Sector Amid Covid-19 Pandemic

Olive oil consumption has crept up as a result of the pandemic and prices of extra virgin, virgin and lampante olive oils have started to stabilize. However, both exports and imports are expected to fall.

Apr. 17, 2020

EU-Vietnam Trade Agreement Opens Door for European Producers

The new free trade agreement signed by the European Union and Vietnam will eliminate tariffs on olive oil imports, creating new opportunities for Spanish, Italian and Greek producers to tap into a growing market.

Feb. 14, 2020

Quality Controls in Europe Need Improvement, Study Finds

Virgin olive oil promoted as extra virgin is a common infringement in the E.U., a new study found.

Feb. 12, 2020

Italian Producers Shortchanged in EU Funding

Italian farmers say recent rounds of funding were directed mainly to their competitors in Spain, Greece and Portugal.

Jan. 27, 2020

EU Aid Not Helping Croatians, Official Says

The third tendering period for European Union producers seeking private storage aid for olive oil has just opened. However, one Croatian olive oil official argues that the aid does not help producers in small countries.

Dec. 26, 2019

E.U. Anticipates Increase in Consumption and Exports by 2030

Europe expects olive oil consumption to increase mostly in non-producing countries and exports to grow in both traditional and new markets.

Dec. 11, 2019

Europe to Introduce New Climate and Environmental Policies

Under the new scheme, olive farmers can be an important cog in the wheel of Europe’s agricultural sector by providing feedback for improved agricultural and sustainability practices.

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