Public Consultation on the Initiative to improve the food supply chain 16 August 2017 – 17 November
Objective of the consultation
There are about 11 million farms in the European Union (EU) and 44 million people are employed in the entire EU food supply chain. Farmers are important strategic and economic players in the food supply chain.
The common agricultural policy (CAP) has over time become more market-oriented and less reliant on the management of markets. In addition, European agriculture and the agri-food sector are increasingly integrated in global markets.
This has created important business opportunities, but also exposed farmers to greater market uncertainties and increased price volatility. Farmers often work independently of each other, and there is little in the way of collective bargaining power to help farmers defend their interests against other parts of the food chain, such as food processors and retailers. The Agricultural Markets Task Force (AMTF) set up by Commissioner Hogan proposed a number of concrete ways to strengthen the position of farmers in the food supply chain.
The European Commission will take forward this work, consulting the public regarding three areas relating to farmers’ position in the food supply chain:
- unfair trading practices (UTPs)
- market transparency and
- producer cooperation.
The input received from this consultation will complement the work on the simplification and modernisation of the CAP. The measures looked into under the initiative to improve the food supply chain would have, if adopted, relatively little impact on the EU budget as they would mainly relate to governance rules of the supply chain.
The consultation process will result in an impact assessment and complement the work on the future of the common agricultural policy. More information in the consultation strategy document.