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Parliamentary questions
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19 March 2019
E-001418-19
Question for written answer E-001418-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Elisabetta Gardini (PPE)

 Subject:  Unscrupulous price markdowns by retailers
 Answer in writing 

Products developed by thousands of small and medium-sized entreprises, which invest substantial amounts of capital to develop individual products or lines, need to be protected. In some cases, however, retailers lower product prices in an unauthorised and unscrupulous manner, thus harming the producers and their employees. It is important to be able to rely on economic stability for further investments and product developments — the driving force of our SMEs, which have so often been defined as key to the European economy. It is not a question of setting up a ‘cartel’, but of being able to choose a price for a product, in order to be able to control one’s own brand.

Can the Commission therefore answer the following questions:
1. What action can be taken to protect producers from unscrupulous markdowns by retailers who are not bound by any contract not to lower their prices below a certain figure decided on by the producer?
2. Does the Commission think there is a need for a contract to regulate this aspect of the market and, if so, is there a country that already uses such a system?
Original language of question: IT 
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