The European Commission against unfair practices in the food chain

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According to Barnier, the industry has already made “significant and valuable efforts to address unfair conduct and should continue performing them, so that Member States ensure a effective and consistent regulations that are based on self-regulatory initiatives in order to complement them”.

Brussels specified that some of these practices include avoiding or refusing to write down key commercial terms; retrospective unilateral changes in the cost or price of goods and services; unjustified or disproportionate transfer to a contracting party; deliberate alteration of the delivery schedule or receipt for an unwarranted benefit; or ending unilaterally a business relationship without notice or without objectively justified reasons.

Main elements
Specifically, Brussels’ communication on unfair commercial practices suggests a number of priorities for stakeholders to facilitate an effective framework in the European Union (EU).

Thus, the Commission encourages operators of food supply chain to join the Supply Chain Initiative existing since September 2013 and its national platforms. It also asks the group’s governance initiative to fully promote the participation of SMEs, which are the main beneficiaries of the initiative.

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