European Union

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.

Aug. 24, 2020

German Chancellor Casts Doubt Over Landmark E.U.-Mercosur Trade Deal

Angela Merkel is concerned that dropping E.U. tariffs on some agricultural products from Brazil will expedite deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.

Aug. 21, 2020

Increased Precision in Europe's New Xylella Fastidiosa Legislation

Along with shrinking the infection and buffer zones, the European Commission also admitted that the deadly plant pathogen could no longer be removed in some regions and called on E.U. member states to intensify their surveillance of the disease.

Aug. 19, 2020

U.S. Rejects E.U. Demand to Drop Tariffs on Agricultural Goods

Tariffs on Spanish olive oil and French and Spanish table olives will remain at 25 percent however, after the U.S. opted not to increase them.

Aug. 17, 2020

'Elaiolado Makris' Gets PDO Status

Extra virgin olive oil from Makri becomes the first agricultural product from the region of Thrace to receive Protected Designation of Origin status from the European Union.

Jun. 30, 2020

U.S. Considers New Tariffs on European Olives and Olive Oils

The U.S. Trade Representative is considering whether to increase existing tariffs on imports from the European Union as well as implement new ones.

Jun. 19, 2020

E.U. Olive Oil Stocks Fall by Estimated 23 Percent

The 23-percent drop comes as good news for producers, many of whom have spent the past year suffering from low olive oil prices, which are partially attributed to the high stocks.

Jun. 12, 2020

E.U. Threatens to Impose Retaliatory Tariffs on U.S.

The United States has been found to be illegally subsidizing Boeing and the World Trade Organization is set to announce what punitive measures the European Union can take. New tariffs may be on the horizon.

Jun. 5, 2020

Cooperation in Fight Against Food Fraud Grows Among EU Countries

Olive oil tops the list for joint activities against counterfeit, adulteration and misleading labels.

May. 26, 2020

Europe Announces 'Flexible' Support Programs for Olive Oil Producers

The latest measures by the European Commission will provide olive oil ands table olive producers with access to low-interest loans and change the funding priorities of the sector to help combat economic problems caused by COVID-19.

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.

Aug. 9, 2019

Producers and Exporters Eagerly Await Ratification of EU-Mercosur Deal

The trade deal will eliminate tariffs on both Mercosur and E.U. exports and creates the world's largest bloc of olive oil consumers and producers.

Jul. 25, 2019

U.S. and E.U. Olive Oil Sectors Anxiously Await Trade Ruling

The imposition of tariffs on European Union olive oil exports to the United States would hurt farmers, raise prices in America and be difficult to undo.

Jul. 22, 2019

EU-Mercosur Agreement Paves the Way for Tax-free Agricultural Trade

It is the largest deal the EU has struck in terms of tariff reduction, and also the one that has raised most concerns for repercussions on various business sectors and the environment.

Jul. 22, 2019

Use of Fungus Found Effective Against Carriers of Xylella

The preliminary results of a field trial show that the Beauveria bassiana fungus reduced the number of meadow spittle bugs, which carry Xylella fastidiosa, by 80 percent.

Jul. 17, 2019

Italian Producers Could Lose $200M if U.S. Tariffs Approved, Trade Group Warns

The Italian olive oil association warns that olive oil prices could double as a result of the tariffs, which have the potential to cut Italian oil exports to the U.S. by 50 percent.

Jul. 8, 2019

Olive Council, Europe Collaborate on Limiting Contaminants in Olive Oil

The IOC has told the EU the threshold for safely being able to consume the chemical 3-MCPD, which is found in refined vegetable oils.

Jun. 17, 2019

Spain Seeks Self-Regulation for Olive Oil Sector

Spain's Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has asked the European Union whether its olive oil sector can self-regulate. Advocates hope the measure will stabilize olive oil prices.

Jun. 11, 2019

Europe Updates Xylella Risk Assessment

An update to EFSA's 2015 assessment concludes the plant disease has not been eradicated, but control measures have contained its spread.

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