High-level Conference will expose the EU Olive Oil sector as a successful model

High-level Conference will expose the EU Olive Oil sector as a successful model

2018/06/03 - Under the title "The olive oil sector of the EU, promoting innovation and sustainability", Copa-Cogeca and the European Parliament will organize a high-level conference in Brussels tomorrow, March 7, bringing together leading experts from the entire european sector and will be attended by the European Commissioner for Agriculture, Phil Hogan. The objective of the event is to analyze the success factors of the olive sector in the European Union and identify options for its development in the coming years.
The event will gather tomorow at the Eurpeo Parliament headquarters more than 70 professionals between MEPs from all parties, representatives of the European Commission and the different member states, European associations of producers and marketers, as well as other relevant associations.

At a crucial moment with the intensification of the discussions on the future of the financing of the CAP, according to sources of the organization cited by Cooperativas Agroalimentarias de España -which will also attend the meeting-, the high level conference will show how the CAP can support and help the olive sector's growth, a key agricultural sector for Europe, whose production can even contribute positively to the improvement of the environment and promote biodiversity.

The ultimate goal of this event will be to raise awareness among members of the European Parliament and other institutions about the importance and the multiple role of the EU olive sector and to ensure support for this sector, preventing it from being indirectly harmed by regulations or commercial policies.

The organizers of this event have invited Cooperativas Agro-alimentarias de España to participate, whose President of the Olive Sector, Rafael Sánchez de Puerta, will focus his speech on explaining the role of cooperatives, access to markets and the future challenges faced by the olive sector.

Fotis Chatzipapadopoulos, Director of Gaia Epicheirein Smart Farming as the Greek representative; the MEPs Giovanni La Via, Manolis Kefalogiannis and the Spanish Clara Aguilera; Professor Raffaele Sacchi, from the University of Naples Federico II, who will talk about the promotion of the nutritional properties of olive oil; and Vasileios Pirgiotis, President of the Olive Oil and Olive Group of Copa-Cogeca, are other experts who will participate in the conference.
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