The IOC celebrates its 22nd extraordinary meeting of the Council of Members

The IOC celebrates its 22nd extraordinary meeting of the Council of Members

06/02/2014 - The International Olive Council (IOC) is hosting, between today and June 6, the 22nd extraordinary meeting of its Council of Members at the headquarters of the agency in Madrid, under the presidency of Neset Akkoc, from Turkey, who will perform this function until April 30, 2015.

On this occasion, representatives of the 17 member countries of the IOC (Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Egypt, Israel, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Montenegro, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, the European Union and Uruguay) will reflect on the future of this organization and hold various meetings of its specialized committees.

Thus, the IOC has stated on its website that the working group on the future of the organization will meet today and on Thursday to address the future of the organization with a view to renewing the International Agreement on Olive Oil and Table Olives signed in 2005.

The Technical Committee will meet tomorrow morning and the Executive Secretariat will present the status of the activities -planned on the last meeting- on olive oil chemistry and development of standards, research-development and environment.

Specifically, members will discuss the studies that are being conducted righ now, about relations with other standards comitees or olive oil controls in non-member importing countries, among other topics.

Also, the Executive Secretariat will present the results of the various projects under implementation (Irrigaolivo, Resgen, demonstration nurseries, international olive germplasm collections, carbon footprint...), as well as the training activities organized by the IOC (doctorates, intensive specialization courses, chromatograms workshop and course  on sensory evaluation of table olives) and the technical assistance grants program. In addition, the Committee will consider proposals for 2015.

That same day the Promotion Committee meeting will have place in order to discuss the development of the promotion campaign in Brazil, the events planned as part of the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York and subsidies for generic promotion activities focussed on consumption in member countries.


Evolution of the campaign

On Wednesday morning, the Executive Secretariat will inform the Budget Committee of the progress of the of olive oil and table olives 2013/14 campaign in terms of production, consumption and trade.

Committee members will also discuss prices in origin and the influence of currency in international trade aspects of olive oil. In turn, the Executive Secretariat will present the conclusions of the meeting of the working group on production costs and project activities for 2015.

Meanwhile, the Finance Committee will meet on the same day in the afternoon and speak about the usual budget issues regarding IOC contributions of member countries, among others.

The ceremony of Mario Solinas Awards will take place on Thursday 5th at 20 a.m. Afterwards, a reception will be offered to participants, the diplomatic corps and the press.

The plenary session will take place the 6 of June in which the Executive Director shall submit a report of its activities.

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