Europe allows 70,000 tons of duty-free olive oil imports from Tunisia

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European Members of Parliament have endorsed a plan to help the Tunisian economy in the wake of last year’s terrorists attacks by allowing 70,000 tons of duty-free olive oil imports.

Since the proposal was first announced last September, there has been widespread criticism among other EU producer countries such as Spain, Italy and Greece. Many in the sector believe the measures will lead to an imbalance and give Tunisia and unfair advantage.

Nonetheless, MEPs from the European Parliament trade committee voted earlier this week to rubber stamp the emergency measures which were backed by 31 votes to seven, with one abstention.

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