UNAPROL, the National Union of Olive Producers, is the largest association in the olive growing sector of Italy and all Europe. It brings together 56 olive producing organisations spread out throughout the regions of Italy in which olives are cultivated. It represents more than 60% of the Italian olive growing sector.

Unaprol was recognised by Mipaaf as a producers’ association as per article 152 and 156 of EU regulation no. 1308/2013 with Ministerial Decree protocol 0005940, dated 30/01/2015.

It involves over 270,000 Italian olive businesses operating on over 3 million hectares of land producing quality extra virgin olive oil.

It is currently working on numerous projects organised with the support of the European Union, and generally performs actions to make environmental improvements in the systems of olive cultivation and production as well as improvement in the quality of olive oil. It has the largest European monitoring and traceability network, which samples from 700 supply chains and over 10 million olive companies spread out over all of Italy, a network which represents the best in Italian quality and the Made In Italy brand throughout the world. To this end, UNAPROL has implemented specific production regulations for High Quality Olive Oil. Among Unaprol’s activities, there is also the technical and commercial support for all the members of its network to comply with the regulations and promote the resulting product abroad. For example, there is the “Sector Framework Agreement” underwritten by the Ministry for Economic Development for the programming of promotional and internationalisation activities.

So far this has set up incoming and promotional activities for the North American and Southeast Asian markets. Unaprol has its own professional tasting committee, recognised by the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies. It also organises educational activities that allow attendees to acquire the professional olive oil taster’s qualification and to be registered in the association of the same. This possibility is open to consumers and operators in the sector as well as those working in restaurants, catering, hospitality, and journalists that need to understand the sensory characteristics and uses of olive oil. Unaprol also provided education for officers of national state bodies and private organisations that monitor and oversee the quality of extra virgin olive oil.

President: David Granieri
Vice President: Enrico Leccisi
General Director: Nicola Di Noia

President Antonio Cepparulo, member of the Register of Legal Auditors, no. 70736
Regular auditor Vincenzo Mampieri, member of the Register of Legal Auditors, no. 34321
Regular auditor Fabio Porfiri, member of the Register of Legal Auditors, no. 47085

President Ettore Maria Rosato
Maria Di Martino
Laura Bua

The CAP (Confederation of Portuguese Farmers) is a socio-professional agricultural organization and represents 242 organizations from all over the country, namely Federations, Wineries, Regional Associations, corresponding to the main agricultural areas of Portugal, Associations specialized by technical sector and cooperatives.
The objectives of the Confederation are to support the interests of Portuguese agriculture both domestically and internationally and safeguard the economic aspect of the activity, in order to defend the continuation of the style of life the farmers desire. It works to promote and engage the Government in the pursuit of supporting agricultural policy that respects the integration of Portugal in the European Union and a healthy and proper involvement in its single market. In the last fifteen years, CAP has been involved in the representation of Portugal at the European Commission in Brussels, where it has set up a permanent delegation and participation in all the Agricultural Committees and in the Economic and Social Council.

The CAP also:
• Promotes and supports technological research and corporate and professional education for farmers, particularly young farmers.
• Promotes and supports the training of managers and technicians for farming organizations, farmers and other actors in the rural setting.
• Organises and maintains services for the benefit of agricultural entrepreneurs and agriculture in general.
• Represents our nation’s agriculture in the appropriate settings.
• Collects, analyses and disseminates information on the rural environment to farmers’ organisations and all interested subjects.

CAP has been a member of GEOPA – Employers’ Group of Professional Agricultural Organisations since its creation in 1993. Since 2003, the Confederation has been a member of the CEPF – Confederation of European Forest Owners, a non-profit organisation founded in 1996 that combines the national organisations that represent private forest owners within the EU and represents their interests before the European institutions. The Confederation of Portuguese Farmers has 10 rural information centres, with 23 employees, spread out over the mainland territories of Portugal (Lisbon, Torres Vedras, Santarém, Viseu, Barcelos, Vila Real, Guarda, Castelo Branco, Évora, Beja).