ANNOUNCEMENT 31 Jan 2015In January 2015, the European Commission announced an altered import quota.
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EC regulation 153/2015
EC regulation 1918/2006
On 31 January 2015, the European Commission issued regulation 153/2015 rearranging the quotas for olive oil from Tunisia.
In February and March 2015, import licences will be issued for up to 9'000 tonnes per month (previously 1'000 and 4'000, respectively). In exchange, the quotas for May until October will be lowered from 10'000 to 8'000 tonnes/month.
This rearrangement will slightly increase the total quota by 1'000 tonnes for this year. Furthermore, the Committee for the Common Organisation of Agricultural Markets suggested this change, since it allowed Tunisian producers to better use the quotas given their yearly production cycle.
The regulation came into force on 1 February 2015. As the changed quotas will hold until the end of October 2015, the measure will expire on 31 October 2015.
On 22 July 2015, the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy announced an increase of the annual quota starting 2016 (cf. Related Measures). This measure will therefore be classified as implemented only until 31 December 2015.