Last Friday, the European Commission published a report for the European Parliament and Counsel on unfair business practices in the food supply chain between companies.
The report focuses on the existing frameworks for fighting unfair business practices. It has two main elements: 1) an evaluation of the regulatory frameworks and the guarantee of fulfilment in the member states; and 2) an evaluation of the impact of the EU Supply Chain Initiative, which is voluntary, as well as of this Chain's platforms created at a national level.
The report concludes that the measures for fighting unfair business practices have been devloped significantly in the last years. Many member states, especially those in which the problem is more pressing, have recently introduced legislative measures and measures for the guarantee of fulfilment that, in general, respond to the criteria for the creation of effective frameworks against unfair business practices. In total, more than twenty member states have implemented laws, or have the intention of doing it in the near future. Although it is too soon for assessing the global impact of these laws, this reports points out a series of specific areas in which there is room for improvement. Regarding the voluntary Initiative of the Supply Chain, this report acknowledges the benefits provided up to now, but it also suggests a series of possible improvement measures for increasing its credibility and efficacy.
Friday, 29 January 2016/ CE/ European Union.