European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions
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Unfair Trading Practices: key statements ahead of the Special Committee of Agriculture


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.

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.