As part of the 110th session of the Council of Members, the International Olive Council also celebrated 60 years of the Organisation and UNESCO’s official proclamation of 26 November as World Olive Day.
A ceremony was held to mark the occasion, and the Executive Secretariat invited a number of representatives from various governments, the diplomatic corps and delegations from Member States to headquarters in Madrid.
In his introductory speech, the Executive Director, Abdellatif Ghedira, praised the Executive Secretariat for its hard work in supporting the olive sector in all 17 countries that have so far acceded to the International Agreement on Olive Oil and Table Olives 2015.
He also presented an institutional film, the celebratory logo created for the occasion and the special, 60th anniversary issue of Olivæ, the IOC’s official journal. The Executive Director and the Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, then signed the new Headquarters Agreement between the IOC and the Kingdom of Spain, which establishes the relationship between the two institutions.
The ceremony also saw the signing of an agreement between the IOC and the Santander Foundation for sustainable collaboration and synergy in training, research, events and regional projects.
Speeches were given by the Spanish Minister of Agriculture and the Georgian Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture.
Before the session closed, the Executive Secretariat paid a tribute to several representatives of the international olive sector who have distinguished themselves for their work in promoting olive oil throughout the world. Tributes were paid to the following personalities:
Luis Planas: Minister of Agriculture of Spain. Law graduate, diplomat, senator, advisor and ambassador, before being appointed Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.