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Parliamentary questions
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7 November 2017
Question for written answer E-006833-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Michel Dantin (PPE) , Paolo De Castro (S&D) , Ulrike Müller (ALDE) , Tibor Szanyi (S&D) , Bas Belder (ECR) , José Bové (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  Follow up on resolution on the 2016 annual report on EU competition policy
 Answer in writing 

Parliament’s resolution of 14 February 2017 on the annual report on EU competition policy(1) called, in paragraph 80, on the Commission and on national competition authorities to address concerns raised by the cumulative impact of rapid national-level concentrations in the distribution sector and the development of international and European-level alliances of major distributors.

The resolution highlighted that such structural development raises concerns about possible strategic alignments between retailers via retail alliances, which could lead to reduced competition, and reduced margins for investment in innovation, within the food supply chain. According to the media organisation MLEX, on 20 February 2017 the Commission carried out dawn raids on the premises of several supermarket chains in France and Belgium. The investigations focused on the conditions applied by these supermarkets and alliances of supermarkets for the procurement of everyday consumer goods.

1. Are these investigations related to the concerns raised by Parliament?

2. When does the Commission expect to present the findings of these investigations, and what further steps does it foresee?

3. Has the Commission taken any other initiatives following the request of Parliament, and have other national competition authorities also been active on this issue?

(1)Texts adopted, P8_TA(2017)0027.

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