Ahead of the upcoming SCA of the Council and EU Parliament discussions on the proposal for a Directive on Unfair Trading Practices, EFFAT together with AIM, copa cogeca, IFOAM EU, the Fair Trade Advocacy Office and its social partner FoodDrinkEurope, put forward the following crucial principles for a fair and well-functioning food supply chain:
- Unfair is unfair, regardless of the size of the businesses: all actors in the food supply chain should be protected from unfair trading practices.
- We need a clear definition of what is an unfair trading practice: the essence of an unfair trading practice is the transfer, unilaterally, of excessive risk and unexpected costs on a supplier, by taking advantage of the buyer’s position as market gatekeeper.
- The Directive has to be revised in no more than 3 years after its implementation.
Please see enclosed for the full statement.