(Brussels, 5th March 2018) The EU needs a fair, transparent, equitable and sustainable food supply chain that can benefit all actors in this chain including consumers.
In recent years the European Institutions have produced and adopted a number of reports and opinions of which the most relevant are:
- The European Parliament own initiative report on unfair trading practices in the food supply chain, adopted, on 7th June 2016 by a very large majority;
- The November 2016 report of the Agricultural Markets Task Force – an independent expert group set-up by the European Commission – including recommendations to address unfair trading practices;
- The Council Conclusions on strengthening farmers position in the food supply chain and tackling unfair trading practices, under the Slovak Presidency, adopted on 12th December 2016.
The members of the signatory organisations believe that enough papers, consultations, reports and discussions on the subject of unfair trading practices have been produced.
Now is the time for the European Commission to assume its responsibilities and propose legislation to combat unfair trading practices.
We also call upon the co-legislators – the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament – to jointly work on the Commission’s proposal for legislation and ensure its timely adoption.
Now is the time to act to protect the economic, social and environmental sustainability of our food supply chain, strengthening Europe’s competitiveness and growth to build a stronger and more inclusive Europe.