European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions
Together for decent work and fair pay from farm to fork

Proposed directive against unfair trading practices is a step forward but fairness along the chain remains a challenge


Today, the European Commission published a proposal for a Directive on unfair trading practices (UTPs) in the food supply chain and EFFAT, together with its social partner FoodDrinkEurope, COPA COGECA, AIM, CEJA, CLITRAVI, UEAPME, IFOAM EU and FTAO welcome this move. Such a proposal for a Directive has the potential to create a minimum harmonisation at EU level without endangering well-functioning existing systems already in place in some Member States.

We are nevertheless concerned with the limited scope of the proposal, covering only SMEs suppliers. A successful approach to combating UTPs needs to be applicable to all players in the supply chain, regardless of their size, as it would therefore impact all commercial relations.

Moreover, it is crucial to ensure an effective cooperation between enforcement authorities addressing transnational UTPs that could otherwise be left unchallenged.

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.

We call upon the co-legislators – the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament – to jointly work on the Commission’s proposal  and ensure its timely adoption.

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EFFAT is the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions. As a European Trade Union Federation representing 120 national trade unions from 35 European countries, EFFAT defends the interests of more than 22 million workers towards the European Institutions, European employers’ associations and transnational companies. EFFAT is a member of the ETUC and the European regional organisation of the IUF.