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Agriculture Committee endorsed on Wednesday new rules to better protect farmers against buyers’ unfair trading practices, as agreed by Parliament and Council’s negotiators on 19 December.

The provisionally agreed rules were given a go-ahead in the Parliament’s Agriculture Committee by 38 votes in favour to four against, with two abstentions. The vote follows the approval of the deal in the Council’s Special Committee on Agriculture (SCA) on 14 January,

More information about the provisionally agreed rules is available here.


“After the unanimous vote in the SCA, the Agriculture Committee has today taken another step towards finalising the process of adoption of this extremely important legislation that will strengthen farmers and introduce more fairness and transparency into the agri-food supply chain. The next step is the plenary vote and we are confident that the new EU law could be signed and published in the EU’s Official Journal already by the end of March this year, so that our farming communities can benefit from its provisions as soon as possible”, said rapporteur and chief Parliament’s negotiator Paolo De Castro (S&D, IT).

Next steps

The provisionally agreed text now needs the Parliament’s final approval before it can be formally rubberstamped by the Council. The Parliament as a whole is expected to vote on the draft directive during its 11 - 14 March plenary session in Strasbourg.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

In the Chair: Czesław Adam Siekierski (EPP, PL)