On October 27th, 2021 the EU Comission published the report state of the transposition and implementation of Directive (EU) 2019/633 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 April 2019 on unfair trading practices in business-to-business relationships in the agricultural and food supply chain. This report records the state of play regarding the transposition of the Directive by the 27 MS (Article 12(4)) and takes into account all notifications received by the Commission by 31 July 2021.

Following a long negotiation1, on 17 April 2019 the European Parliament and the Council adopted Directive (EU) 2019/633 on unfair trading practices in business-to-business relationships in the agricultural and food supply chain (hereinafter ‘the Directive’). The Directive was introduced under Article 43 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to prohibit a list of unfair trading practices (UTPs) – mostly linked to significant imbalances in bargaining power between suppliers and buyers – that grossly deviate from good commercial conduct.

The Directive takes into account the negative impact of UTPs for farmers both as direct victims of these practices and as indirect victims of the cascading effects of these practices when they occur at the downstream stages of the chain. It provides for a minimum level of harmonisation by establishing a list of prohibited UTPs between buyers and suppliers in the agricultural and food supply chain. It also lays down minimum rules on the scope of its application and the main definitions as well as on the enforcement of those prohibitions and the coordination between enforcement authorities of the different MS. 

 

View the report (version in Ukrainian)

View the report (version in English)

 

The translation of the report into the Ukrainian is prepared by the Agritrade Ukraine project.

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