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Parliamentary questions
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10 November 2017
Question for written answer E-006972-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Manolis Kefalogiannis (PPE)

 Subject:  Olive oil and olives: crucial products for Southern European economies
 Answer in writing 

According to the International Olive Council (IOC), production capacity in 2017 is expected to rise by 12% as compared to 2016, mainly due to production recovery in Italy and Greece. However, global demand is not expected to rise; in fact it is expected to range around the 2003 levels.

This fact, combined with olive oil adulteration, disasters due to climate change and pressure on producers, especially in Greece, by intermediaries in the olive oil trade chain, creates much uncertainty about their income. Under these circumstances, potential duty-free olive oil imports from third countries as part of trade agreements will only aggravate this uncertainty.

Given the great significance of olive oil and table olives for the economies of Southern European countries:
1. In view of the continuous weak global demand over the last few years, how and which financing instruments will the Commission use to support the export of those products, both within the EU and to third countries?
2. Will the Commission permit duty-free olive oil imports from third countries in 2018?
Original language of question: EL 
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