12 Dec 2018
UTP TALKS TO CONTINUE IN 2019 – 12 DECEMBERBrussels Daily
Food supply chain: Talks on anti-unfair trading rules will continue with Romanian Council’s Presidency, Paolo De Castro says
Trilateral talks on new EU law against unfair trading practices will continue in January with the Romanian Council’s Presidency, chief EP negotiator confirmed on Wednesday.
After the last trilogue with the Austrian Council’s Presidency and the European Commission the Head of Parliament’s negotiating team Paolo De Castro (S&D, IT) said:
“Today we have made yet another step towards doing away with the most detrimental unfair trading practices in the food supply chain. However, despite all the efforts, we are not fully satisfied yet.”
“The text on the table still lacks the ambition we would like to enshrine in it. Therefore, the trilateral negotiations will continue with the Romanian Council’s Presidency.”
“We still have January to conclude the talks and we will make the most of it. Our commitment to ensure the best possible protection for farmers and food producers, to the ultimate benefit of consumers, is unwavering.”
“Upcoming negotiations will be tough but we are not prepared to give up easily. Our farmers deserve one last push to ensure that none of them is left behind.”
The trilateral negotiations between the Parliament, Council and Commission will continue in January. The precise date of the talks remains to be agreed.
Parliament called in 2016 for EU action to do away with unfair trading practices. The Agriculture Committee demanded an EU law against UTPs also in its 2017 position on the so-called Omnibus proposal. MEPs also discussed the matter with several EU agriculture ministers and agreed with them that an EU law was necessary.
The Agriculture Committee approved the draft EP negotiating mandate on 1 October and the Parliament confirmed it on 25 October, when, right after the vote, the first trilateral negotiations between the Parliament, the Council and the Commission took place.