The Agencia para el Aceite de Oliva (AAO) is an agency of the Spanish government, attached to the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fishing and Food, which is legally recognised as an independent body with a separate legal personality and private assets. It specialises in the olive sector and its produce: Olive oil and table olives.
The AAO was created in 1987 and, until November 2005, was financially and operationally dependent on the aforementioned ministry and the European Commission.
The olive sector is one of the main components of the Spanish agrifood system in terms of its economic, social, territorial and environmental importance and impact on public health.
The AAO's main objectives are as follows:
To ensure CAP subsidies for the sector are used effectively and efficiently.
To ensure transparency of the olive oil and table olives markets.
To ensure the sector works properly.
To achieve its goals, the AAO exercises its competencies and functions and has established collaboration agreements with eleven Spanish olive-growing Autonomous Communities, as well as with several sector organisations and entities.
The AAO's team of staff is made up of 120 specialised professionals, for the large part civil servants. Its central office is in Madrid (c/ Infanta Mercedes,31- plantas 4ª y 5ª 28020-Madrid) and it has regional offices in Andalusia, Catalonia and Extremadura.