The Spanish Government is committed to facilitate the development of self-regulation measures for the olive sector

The Spanish Government is committed to facilitate the development of self-regulation measures for the olive sector

2019/06/06 - The Spanish Secretary General for Agriculture, Fernando Miranda, presided yesterday in Madrid the sectoral meeting of olive oil and table olives, which analyzed the evolution of the market and new measures of sectoral self-regulation.
The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA) said it continues to monitor the evolution of the main parameters that condition the negative behavior of the prices earned by the olive growers during the current season.

After the analysis of the regulations carried out by the Ministry, four different proposals were presented to the sector, whose objective is to balance the market and which can be addressed both by the Interprofessional of the Spanish Olive Oil and by the producer organizations and their associations.

Miranda asked the sectoral representatives to choose one of them in order to propose it to the community authorities of Competition and Agriculture, in the next bilateral meeting with the services of the European Commission (EC).

In this sense, according to the Spanish Ministry, the sectoral representatives agree to work from the technical point of view to develop in detail a proposal for self-regulation that is promoted by the Interprofessional on the basis of an agreement in accordance with what is established in article 210 of the Regulation of the European Common Market Organization.

The Ministry undertook to provide the sector with the development of this measure with those responsible for the Commission and Competition so that it can be applied effectively and with legal certainty as soon as possible.

In addition, certain progresses were reported in the debates on the post-2020 CAP, in relation to the regulation of olive oil markets. In the latest texts proposed by the Presidency of the Council on market organization, the Ministry stated that the Spanish proposal of having a specific self-regulation mechanism for this sector was also introduced.

As explained, it would be a similar to the one already planned for wine and through which may be imposed, by national regulations, requirements for the placing of olive oil on the market, when there are circumstances that make it necessary. "It is a tool demanded by the sector and that will be able to drive in a very remarkable way the mechanisms of self-regulation," they highlighted.
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