EU increases Tunisian exports of olive oil to support local producers

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The European Commission has adopted a regulation that rearranges the monthly quotas of olive oil from Tunisia between 1 February and 31 October 2015 to facilitate their export to the EU.

This decision increases the total export potential for February and March from 5,000 to 18,000 tons and 8,000 tons from April to October.

This flexibility will enable Tunisian operators to maximize their tax-exempted olive oil exports to the EU. Olive oil is the main agricultural export from Tunisia to the EU.

The measure illustrates the EU’s commitment to strengthen its privileged partnership with Tunisia as the country progresses on a resolutely democratic path.

Based on the EU-Tunisia Association Agreement, Tunisian exports of olive oil to the EU are subject to an annual quota of 56,700 tons.

At the request of Tunisia, the Commission has decided to increase the monthly quota to allow Tunisian operators to make the most of their export potential.

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