European Union

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.

Oct. 23, 2019

Spanish Table Olive Producers Demand Countermeasures Against U.S. Tariffs

The Interprofessional Organization of the Table Olive Sector asked the Spanish government and the European Union to investigate U.S. government subsidies that have recently been provided to American farmers.

Oct. 10, 2019

Tens of Thousands Protest Olive Oil Prices in Madrid

Protestors called on the Spanish government and European Union to change how the industry is regulated, help producers cope with low prices and protect Spanish olive oil from U.S. tariffs.

Oct. 9, 2019

Better Harvests Predicted in Greece, Italy, Portugal, Tunisia

A European Commission report predicts a three-percent increase in olive oil production in the E.U. due to reduced pest activity and some countries entering an on-year.

Oct. 3, 2019

Spanish Olive Oil on Final List of Retaliatory Tariffs on E.U. Goods

Along with some Spanish olive oils, certain types of table olives from both France and Spain will also face a 25-percent tariff on U.S. imports. Olive oils from Italy, Portugal and Greece will be unaffected.

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.

Jun. 6, 2019

Spanish Olive Exports to US Plummet Since Tariffs Imposed

The tariffs are slowly redefining the global table olive trade as new producers fill the void left by Spain in the U.S. market and Spanish growers look to the east to sell their crop.

Jan. 21, 2019

Blockchain Technology Adds Transparency to Spain's Olive Oil Industry

The controversial technology behind cryptocurrencies is at the core of a new project driven by IBM and other players in Spain's olive oil sector to guarantee the traceability of extra virgin olive oils.

Jan. 17, 2019

International Shortage of Olive Oil to Be Compensated by Spain

European Union olive oil producers fared poorly this year. Spain, the notable exception, is well poised to make up the difference in the export market.

Jan. 16, 2019

Herzegovian Farmer Looks to Keep Momentum After New York Win

The Skegro Family Winery is paving the way for high-quality extra virgin olive oil production in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Jan. 15, 2019

Turkey Accused of Selling Stolen Syrian Olive Oil as Its Own

Several different groups ranging from politicians to non-governmental organizations and news outlets have documented the alleged plunder of Syrian olive oil.

Jan. 8, 2019

EU Report Predicts Rise in Production While Consumption Slips

By 2030, the European Commission estimates that production and exports will rise from the major olive oil-producing EU countries, but consumption will sink as prices rise and lifestyles change.

Sep. 17, 2018

E.U. - Japan Trade Deal Brings Opportunities to Olive Oil Exporters

Many European agricultural products will enjoy reduced taxes or an entirely tax-free status when exported to Japan, opening the way for EU farmers and exporters to penetrate a market of 127 million people.

Mar. 27, 2018

European Commission Seeks Feedback on Labeling Rules

Actors in the olive oil sector and consumers have been asked for their feedback on proposed amendments to EU rules on the labeling of olive oil.

Dec. 14, 2017

EU Helps Sustainable Growers in Spain, But US Tariffs on Table Olives Loom

As Europe helps farmers adopt sustainable agricultural practices in olive groves, the legality of proposed U.S. tariffs on Spanish table olives is contested.

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