Retail CEOs Call On EU Agriculture Council To Reassess Directive
The chief executives of 22 of Europe’s biggest retailers and wholesalers have written to the chair of the EU Agriculture Council, Elisabeth Köstinger, to express concern at a new directive that suggests that multinational food processors need ‘protection’ against the retail sector.
The retailers have said in their letter that while the Unfair Trading Practices directive seeks to protect farmers and small-and-medium enterprises in their dealings with bigger buyers, the proposed inclusion of major manufacturers in this grouping would create an unfair playing field.
Signatories to the letter include Ahold Delhaize, Auchan Retail, Axfood, Carrefour, Colruyt Group, Conad, Coop Sweden, Coop Denmark, Dagrofa, Edeka, ICA, Jerómino Martins, Kaufland, Kesko, Lidl, Markant, Metro, Musgrave, Rewe Group, Sonae, Spar Austria and Salling Group.
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