European Union

May. 7, 2024

European Olive Oil Supply Hits Decade-Low

A production drop and low stocks have kept prices high, tempering demand.

Apr. 12, 2024

Global Production May Exceed Expectations, but Not Enough to Move Prices

Analysts predict climate change will result in new price dynamics, with high-quality extra virgin olive oil and other market segments behaving differently.

Mar. 7, 2024

Spanish Campaigners Lobby for Glyphosate Ban After EU Fails to Reach Consensus

The world’s most used herbicide was found in concentrations exceeding the legal limit in Mar Menor, spurring advocates to call for a ban in Spain.

Mar. 6, 2024

Europe Strengthens Protections for Geographical Indications

The reforms provide protection for PDO and PGI extra virgin olive oil from online fraud and ease the process of registering new ones with the European Commission.

Feb. 23, 2024

World Trade Organization Finds U.S. Noncompliant in Table Olive Trade Spat

The WTO ruled that the U.S. must remove tariffs on Spanish table olive imports, while a separate case is pending in the Court of Appeals.

Feb. 20, 2024

New Research Rekindles Debate on Nutri-Score’s Effectiveness

The OECD found Nutri-Score could save money on healthcare. Dutch researchers questioned the integrity of studies supporting the labeling system.

Sep. 25, 2023

E.U. Chief Promises Strategic Dialogue with Farmers

Despite the pledge, analysts point out that Ursula von der Leyen expressed no clear intention in her speech to boost the E.U.’s initiatives on sustainability and climate neutrality.

Sep. 6, 2023

Europe’s Evolving Fight Against Xylella Fastidiosa

Early detection across the European Union remains at the forefront of the struggle against the bacterium as officials are hopeful about new research, methods and tools.

Aug. 17, 2023

Europe Passes Controversial Measure to Restore Nature

The new law, approved with a razor-thin margin, requires member states to introduce measures to restore twenty percent of land and sea by 2030.

Aug. 15, 2023

Farms Facing Natural Constraints Play Key Role in European Agriculture

Farms facing natural challenges are less profitable than conventional ones but play a critical role in biodiversity and landscape preservation.

Jul. 26, 2023

Europe Confirms Steep Decline in Olive Oil Production

In the bloc’s latest short-term agricultural outlook report, E.U. experts said the poor harvest and low stocks will keep pressure on prices.

Jul. 5, 2023

Albanian Olive Oil Exports Quadruple in First Quarter of 2023, Officials Say

The combination of Albania’s bumper harvest and poor harvests in Europe means there is more demand than ever from the European Union for Albanian olive oil.

May. 17, 2023

Global Olive Oil Production Predicted to Rebound

USDA economists project that production will rise in Europe and Tunisia.


Nov. 30, 2022

Europe Rolls Out New Rules Governing Olive Oil Quality

Brussels reviewed olive oil classifications, labeling and marketing. The simplified rules aim at a more homogeneous E.U. olive oil market.

Nov. 17, 2022

Temperatures Rising Faster in Europe than Anywhere Else, Report Finds

The increase in annual average temperature poses an increasing theat to agriculture, health and the economy across the continent, a new report concludes.

Nov. 14, 2022

E.U. Announces Measures to Ensure Fertilizer Supply, Lower Costs

The Commission's plans include excluding fertilizer producers from natural gas rationing, financial aid for farmers and the liberalization of international fertilizer trade.

Nov. 10, 2022

Europe and Morocco Sign Deal to Develop Sustainable Agricultural

The €115 million program is meant to modernize Morocco’s agricultural sector, promote reforestation and protect biodiversity.

Nov. 10, 2022

Nearly Half of the Farmland in Europe Faces Erosion Factors

Soil assessment and conservation measures are increasingly important due to climate change. Good farming practices could reduce erosion caused by tillage, water and wind.

Nov. 9, 2022

Authorities Fear Europe’s Drought Will Stretch Through Winter

The president of an Italian irrigation association criticized the “silence” of the European Commisison on the matter and called for a continental plan.

Nov. 9, 2022

Official Suggests Nutri-Score Will Not Be Europe’s Single Nutrition Label

Instead, the European Commission may create its own label using elements of nominated front-of-pack labeling systems.

Nov. 3, 2022

The Categories of Olive Oil

The ambiguity in the term “olive oil” has long confused consumers and enriched disingenuous actors.