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The EU’s olive oil diplomacy: Italian fears and prospects for Tunisia

Torelli, Stefano M. (2016) The EU’s olive oil diplomacy: Italian fears and prospects for Tunisia. Euro Crisis in the Press (16 Mar 2016). Website.

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On 10 March, the European Parliament voted in favor of a measure allowing Tunisia to export yearly 35,000 tons of olive oil tax-free in the European Union, for two years. That is, Tunisia will be allowed to export to the EU 70,000 tons of olive oil between 2016 and 2017 with no further duties. The decision has attracted much criticism from associations of local farmers, especially in Italy. The Italian Minister of Agricultural Policies, Maurizio Martina, spoke against the decision, because it would damage the Italian olive oil sector. The controversy prompts us to reflect on the policy options the European Union has towards the Southern Mediterranean countries. Furthermore, it shows how much gap there exists at national level between political slogans – even the most populist ones – and concrete action(s).

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Additional Information: © 2016 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Date Deposited: 19 May 2017 08:19
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 20:43

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