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Study on the Implementation of Conformity Checks in the Olive Oil Sector throughout the European Union

Brussels, Belgium, 28 August 2018

Objective of the study

The main objective of the study is to provide the European Commission with a precise understanding on how conformity checks are conducted at national level throughout the European Union.

For that purpose, the contractor will take into consideration the aims of the marketing standards in the olive oil sector, which are:

For consumers:

  • To improve the quality of the products;

  • To take into account the natural and essential characteristics of the products, thereby avoiding substantial changes in the composition of the product concerned; and

  • To meet the expectations of consumers to receive adequate and transparent product information.

For producers and traders:

  • To produce and to market products which are conform to marketing standards and which are of satisfactory quality;

  • To allow the segmentation of olive products to be marketed in order to improve the economic conditions for the production and marketing of such products; and

  • To ensure a level playing field.

The conformity checks system in the olive oil sector provided for in EU legislation aim at:

Ensuring that the marketing standards are implemented in the European Union, and as a result:

  • Ensuring the completion of the internal market;

  • Enhancing the public image of olive oil marketed in Europe or exported to third countries;

  • Strengthening the trust of European and third country consumers in olive oil;

  • Ensuring a high level of consumer protection and information.

Identifying and preventing fraudulent practises to occur.

The contractor will identify and define the actions that are required to meet the objectives referred to above (hereafter referred to as "needs"), be it at EU level or at national level, and will analyse the current conformity check system and, in particular the different relationships between objectives, needs and instruments of the current conformity checks system. Finally, the contractor should also identify new instruments and/or opportunities to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the current approach.

An in-depth analysis of the instruments implemented by Member States must be achieved through a detailed analysis of the implementation of the conformity checks system in at least 6 Member States.

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