A new EU-funded project called "ARTOLIO" was launched with the aim of contributing to the establishment of a new level of superior quality for extra virgin olive oil, in addition to focusing on process improvement, sustainability and energy efficiency.
The project seeks to improve the local economy of the participating countries (Israel, Jordan, Palestine, Greece, Cyprus, Spain, France) as well as to provide the rural world and/or agricultural sector with tools that will help place the product on the market, but also to position its quality and give it visibility in other spaces of international scope.
It will also help producers implement sustainable development methods and best energy efficiency practices.
In addition, the project aims to provide knowledge in marketing and sales, as well as to provide technology that helps improve the global visibility of the local product. To do so, ARTOLIO will provide a digital system in which it intends to bring together producers, experts, buyers and consumers, with the goal of also activating the existing knowledge and culture surrounding extra virgin olive oil.
ARTOLIO is funded by the European Union under the ENI CBC Med Programme. It has a total budget of €2.9 million, with 90% of the funding provided by the European Union (€2.6 million).