Proposal for a Directive on unfair trading practices in business-to-business relationships in the food supply chain

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Series Details COM (2018) 173
Publication Date 10/07/2018
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Summary:

Legislative proposal - published by the European Commission in April 2018 - which bans the more damaging unfair trading practices in the food supply chain and features a set of effective enforcement provisions.

Further information:

The adoption of this draft law on 12 April 2018 followed the acknowledgment of significant concern about unfair trading practices (UTPs) at the national level. The introduction of specific UTP rules in 20 Member States also increased the heterogeneity by which those practices were addressed. On the other hand, in certain Member States there was innefective, or no specific protection against UTPs. There was also very little coordination among Member States’ enforcement authorities, due to the absence of formal coordination structures at EU level. Such coordination could improve the enforcement practices in Member States.

The proposal aims to reduce the occurrence of unfair trading practices (UTPs) in the food supply chain by introducing a minimum common standard of protection across the European Union (EU) that consists of a short list of specific prohibited UTPs. The protection covers small and medium-sized suppliers in the food supply chain insofar as they sell food products to buyers who are not small and medium-sized. This scope aims at contributing to a fair standard of living for the agricultural community, an objective of the common agricultural policy.

Following the adoption of the proposal by the Commission, the European Parliament's plenary session adopted its negotiating position on 25 October 2018. The proposal was first discussed by the Council of the European Union on 16 April. The Special Committee on Agriculture (SCA) had a first exchange of views on 23 April. On 1 October, the SCA reached agreement on the Council's negotiating position on the Commission’s proposal. An informal agreement between the co-legislators was reached on a compromise text on 19 December following six rounds of trilogue negotiations. The Parliament's plenary session formally endorsed the compromise on 12 March 2019.

Source Link https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/HIS/?uri=COM:2018:173:FIN
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Commentary and Analysis
EPRS: Briefing, July 2018: Initial Appraisal of a European Commission Impact Assessment http://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_BRI(2018)621831
EPRS: Briefing, September 2018: Unfair trading practices in the food supply chain http://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_BRI(2018)625172
Oxfam: Press Release, 12/04/2018: Key step taken to end human suffering in EU supermarket supply chains https://www.oxfam.org/en/pressroom/reactions/key-step-taken-end-human-suffering-eu-supermarket-supply-chains
EPRS: At a Glance, 06/03/2019: Unfair trading practices in the food supply chain http://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_ATA(2019)635538

News
EurActiv, 17.04.18: Stakeholders call for strong enforcement to combat unfair trade practices https://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/news/stakeholders-call-for-strong-enforcement-to-combat-unfair-trade-practices/
EurActiv, 12/09/2018: Visegrad +4 push for extension of unfair trade practices to large suppliers https://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/news/visegrad-4-push-for-the-extension-of-unfair-trade-practices-to-large-suppliers/
EurActiv, 07/09/2018: Debate on the scope of unfair trade practices heats up in EU Parliament https://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/news/debate-on-the-scope-of-unfair-trade-practices-heats-up-in-eu-parliament/
EurActiv, 18/12/2018: MEPs and ministers make final bid for deal on unfair trade practices https://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/news/unfair-trade-practices-last-call-for-a-deal-before-the-end-of-year/

Official
European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Procedure File for proposal on unfair trading practices in business-to-business relationships in the food supply chain https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/ficheprocedure.do?reference=2018/0082(COD)
EP: Legislative Train: Unfair trading practices in the food supply chain http://www.europarl.europa.eu/legislative-train/theme-deeper-and-fairer-internal-market-with-a-strengthened-industrial-base-products/file-unfair-trading-practices-in-the-food-supply-chain
EUR-Lex: SWD(2018)91: Stakeholder consultation - Synopsis report https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=SWD:2018:091:FIN
EUR-Lex: SWD(2018)92: Impact assessment https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=SWD:2018:092:FIN
EUR-Lex: SWD(2018)93: Executive summary of the impact assessment https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=SWD:2018:093:FIN
European Commission: Press Release, 12/04/2018: European Commission acts to ban unfair trade practices in the food supply chain http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-2702_en.htm
European Commission: Fact Sheet, 12/04/2018: Tackling unfair trading practices in the food supply chain http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-18-2703_en.htm
European Commission: Unfair trading practices in the food chain https://ec.europa.eu/info/food-farming-fisheries/key-policies/common-agricultural-policy/market-measures/unfair-trading-practices-food-chain
European Commission: Press Release, 19/12/2018: Agreement on unfair trading practices in the food supply chain will protect all EU farmers http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-6790_en.htm
UK Parliament: Lords Select Committee: Unfair trading in the food supply chain https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/eu-energy-environment-subcommittee/scrutiny-work/parliament-2017/unfair-trading-food-supply-chain/
European Parliament: Press Release, 12/03/2019: From farms to supermarkets: MEPs approve new EU rules against unfair trading http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20190307IPR30742/

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