AGRICULTURE MEPS CALL FOR EU LAW TO FIGHT UNFAIR TRADING PRACTICES – 15 NOVEMBER

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15 Nov 2016

AGRICULTURE MEPS CALL FOR EU LAW TO FIGHT UNFAIR TRADING PRACTICES – 15 NOVEMBER

Brussels Daily

 

AMTF Report: Lead Agriculture MEPs call for an EU law to fight unfair trading practices

 

In a reaction to the final report of the Agricultural Markets Task Force (AMTF) published on Monday chairman of the Parliament’s Agriculture Committee Czesław Adam Siekierski (EPP, PL) and the committee’s rapporteur on ways to tackle unfair trading practices (UTPs) Mairead McGuinness (EPP, IE) reiterated their call for an EU law to help restore balance in the food supply chain.

Czesław Adam Siekierski (EPP, PL), chairman of the Agriculture Committee, said:
“In principle, the report published by the Agricultural Markets Task Force on Monday is in line with what the Agriculture Committee and the entire Parliament has been calling for. This further strengthens our argument towards the European Commission. We need an EU legislation to do away with unfair trading practices in the food supply chain harming our farmers.”
“The content of the report is being scrutinised by members of the Agriculture committee and in January we are meeting the Chairman of the Agriculture Markets Task Force Mr Cees P. Veerman to receive additional explanations.”
Mairead McGuinness (EPP, IE)  rapporteur for the Agriculture committee’s opinion on ways to fight unfair trading practices, said:
“I am pleased that the position of the European Parliament on the need for action to tackle UTPs has been adopted by the AGRI markets task force. This is a very significant development which if followed through on will have profound and beneficial impacts on the sustainability of the entire food supply chain. We should waste no more time on developing the proposal.”
“While legislating in this area is difficult, that is not a reason to shy away from rooting out unfair and unethical practices in the food chain. Indeed the continued political pressure for behaviour change in the supply chain is yielding results, legislation will show how determined the EU is in protecting the vulnerable in the supply chain and to secure the sustainability of that chain.”
Background

The final report of the Agricultural Market Task Force, an expert group set up by the Commission in January 2016 to suggest ways to improve functioning of agricultural markets, was published on 14 November 2016.

The Parliament’s Agriculture Committee adopted on 12 November 2015 an opinion demanding an EU law to tackle unfair trading practices (UTPs) and introduce more balance into the food supply chain. MEPs also called for further actions to boost farmers’ bargaining power and demanded better coordination at EU level of member states’ efforts to tackle UTPs.
The Parliament as a whole supported this call in a non-legislative resolution adopted on 7 June 2016 in Strasbourg. MEPs in the approved text urged the Commission to put forward proposals against unfair trading practices in the food supply chain, so as to ensure fair earnings for farmers and a wide choice for consumers.

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