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Despite good progress so far, trilogues on new EU law against unfair trading practices must continue to achieve highest possible protection for farmers, chief EP negotiator said on Thursday.

After the latest trilogue with the Austrian Council’s Presidency and the European Commission the Head of Parliament’s negotiating team Paolo De Castro (S&D, IT) said:

“Parliament’s negotiators, together with the Austrian Presidency and the EU Commission, managed to achieve a lot during the last four trilateral negotiations. We have made important and necessary steps towards a better protection of our farmers and food producers against unfair trading practices imposed on them in the food supply chain, to the ultimate detriment of EU consumers.”

“However, this is not the end of the journey yet. This final wording of the legislation that the Parliament has for more than a decade been calling for is far too important to rush it through the negotiating process. We are committed to cutting the unfair [trading practices] but, at the same time, we want an ambitious new law that will ensure the highest possible level of protection for our farmers and thus safeguard the long-term sustainability of agri-food communities.”

“We still have time and we will invest the upcoming weeks into achieving the best quality result that our farmers, food producers and consumers deserve.”


Parliament called in 2016 for EU action to do away with unfair trading practices. The Agriculture Committee demanded an EU law against UTPs also in its 2017 position on the so-called Omnibus proposal. MEPs also discussed the matter with several EU agriculture ministers and agreed with them that an EU law was necessary.

The Agriculture Committee approved the draft EP negotiating mandate on 1 October and the Parliament confirmed it on 25 October, when, right after the vote, the first trilateral negotiations between the Parliament, the Council and the Commission took place.

Thursday, 6 December 2018

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