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Parliamentary questions
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12 June 2018
Answer given by Mr Hogan on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-002178/2018

On 12 April 2018, the Commission adopted a proposal for a directive aimed at tackling the issue of unfair trade practices (UTPs) in the food supply chain(1).

The proposal addresses the matter at the EU level for the first time. It contains a short list of prohibited practices, the designation of enforcement authorities in Member States invested with certain powers and the coordination among the national enforcement authorities. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) suppliers in the chain would be protected.

The eight UTPs prohibited by the directive proposal emerged from public consultations as the ones most frequently taking place in business-to-business relationships in the food supply chain. The powers of enforcement authorities include: the power to initiate and conduct investigations; the power to take decisions establishing an infringement; the possibility to impose fines and to publish decisions.

The enforcement authorities’ cooperation should be ensured through the delivery of annual reports, the organisation of annual meetings and the creation of a website for information exchange.

(1)COM(2018) 173 final.

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