Retail welcomes Commission’s preference for a voluntary approach on B2B trading practices

Date

07 Dec 2012

Sections

Agriculture & Food
Trade & Industry

Press release

Yesterday, at the meeting of the High-Level Forum on a better functioning food supply chain, 8 EU-level organisations representing commerce and industry announced the agreement on a framework for the implementation and enforcement of the principles of good practice in the food supply chain (still to be reviewed and validated by their members). The European Commission has expressed a preference for a voluntary approach over legislation. This approach should deliver rapidly.

 

The proposed scheme is based on the voluntary registration by companies in the food supply chain with specific commitments to respect and integrate the principles into their daily business practices. The framework foresees a procedure to handle any disputes through a choice of options that aim to reassure that complainants will not be subject to commercial retaliation.

 

The framework, based on a dialogue and voluntary engagement by economic operators should bring company ownership and culture change in the supply chain. And this, not only in EU circles but on the ground in every Member State. We already see signs of this happening, for example in Belgium, the Netherlands and Slovenia.

 

We welcome the Commission’s preference for a voluntary approach as a strong signal of support. We realise that the window of opportunity will close soon. We are aware of the responsibility entrusted upon us. That is why we will be working with our members to finalise and endorse the framework and call upon them to signal their commitment to the principles early on. This will enable us to reach a critical mass of engagement, in line with the expectations of the Commission, the Parliament and stakeholders.

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For further information, please contact:

 

EuroCommerce

Marjolein Raes

Director Advocacy & Communications

Tel: +32 2 737 05 99

raes@eurocommerce.be



UGAL

Else Groen

Director-General

Tel: + 32 2 732 46 60

info@ugal.eu

 

ERRT

Dennis Kredler

Director-General

Tel: +32 2 286 5122

dkredler@errt.org



Euro Coop

Rodrigo Gouveia

Secretary-General

Tel: +32 2 285 00 70

rgouveia@eurocoop.coop