Two Days Event of Project Results Presentation Final Transnational Conference Capitalisation Workshop
Friday March 18th – Saturday March 19th Gourdoupis Estate, Patras Greece
“Authentic Olive Net” Project, Two Days Event.
The Region of Western Greece as a conclusion of the European Project “Authentic Olive Net” held a very successful two days event on Friday the 18th and Saturday the 19th of March, on the Gourdoupis Estate in the Chalandritsa area of Patras. During the event a product exhibition of the olive oil producers who participated in the project also took place. On Friday the 18th , the participants (representatives of scientific agencies, olive oil producing companies and producers) had the opportunity to watch interesting
presentations about the bioactive ingredients of olive oil, their contribution on the consumers’ health, as well as statistical analytics about the production, the consumption and the commercial use of olive oil in Greece, as well as internationally.
After the conclusion of the presentations, an olive oil taste event took place, supervised by Mr. Katsaris Panagiotis an Agriculturalist – Biotechnologist, who is a member of the special scientific stuff of the EL.GO. Dimitra Organization.
On Saturday the 19th the Final Conference of the Authentic Olive Net Project took place which was attended by representatives of the Chamber of Preveza and of the EL.GO. Dimitra Organization. It was also attended on line by representatives of the Agricultural Cooperative of Assoproli of Bari, as well as of the Chamber of Fotzia.
All the project participants presented in an analytical way the actions, the olive oil authenticity certification tools and the results of the project, which will become an extremely useful tool for those who are connected with the cultivation, the production, the standardization and the distribution of olive oil.
At the Conference also attended and addressed to the participants the Vise Governor of Achaia Mr Charalambos Bonanos, Deputy Head of Regional Unit of Achaia Mr. Fokion Zaimis, Deputy Governor of Entrepreneurship Research & Innovation.
The Deputy Governor of Entrepreneurship Research & Innovation Fokion Zaimis stated that it is of great importance the capitalization of the results of the “Authentic Olive Net” project, in a counterpart European project which can follow, in order to create a data bank for the olive oil varieties, emphasizing on local varieties of Western Greece, in order for
them to be rescued, promoted and utilized.
Mr. Baris Theodoros, the president of the Chamber of Preveza Mr. Ioannis Bouris and Mrs Aggeliki Konstantinidi, head of the Women Entrepreneurship of the Chamber of Perveza and representative of EEDEGE.
It was of particular interest the Capitalization Workshop, during which the implementation of the data and also of the results of the project was thoroughly discussed, in order for the innovative network for promoting the comparative advantages of olive oil varieties of the Greece – Italy region, which was analyzed during the project, to evolve in support of olive oil producing companies.
A primary target is to expand the network and in the long run to include producers and companies from a broad spectrum of different olive oil varieties. Furthermore, the future prospect and verification methodology of the authentication of olive oil, as this was analyzed during the project was discussed, so that the existing quality verification process is legally fortified.