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Unfair Trading Practices In The Food Supply Chain

Implications of directive (EU) 2019/633

Book | 1st edition 2020 | Europe | Bert Keirsbilck, Evelyne Terryn

There is a wide-spread consensus that UTPs occur throughout the food supply chain. Unfair trading practices (UTPs) can be defined as practices which grossly deviate from good commercial conduct, are contrary to good faith and fair dealing and are unilaterally imposed by one trading partner on its counterparty. Some Member States, such as France, Belgium and the UK, have already adopted legislation specifically prohibiting such practices (in the food and/or non-food supply chain). In addition, various self-regulatory initiatives exist.
In 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. A Commission Proposal of April 2018 (COM(2018) 173 final) was substantially amended. To improve farmers’ and small and medium sized businesses’ position in the food supply chain, the Directive bans certain unfair trading practices including late payments for perishable food products; last minute order cancellations; unilateral changes to contracts; refusal to enter into a written contract; returning unsold or wasted products; payment for buyer’s marketing. Each Member State has to designate a competent authority to enforce these rules and these authorities must have the power to both launch investigations and fine operators who break the rules. The Member States now have two years to implement the Directive.

This book compiles the various papers presented at the “2nd UTP Roundtable” organized by the CONSUMER COMPETITION MARKET (CCM) institute of the KU Leuven on 28 June 2018. It entails a critical analysis of the final text of the EU Directive, the current state of play and the different regulatory options at national level by 2021.

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EAN / ISSN 9781780689807
Series name Consumer Competition Market (CCM)
Weight 200 g
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Number of pages x + 182 p.
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Publisher Intersentia
Language English
Publication Date Jul 24, 2020
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  • Contents
  • Chapter 1. Run-Up, Legal Basis and Scope of Application
    Elisa Paredis, Bert Keirsbilck
  • Chapter 2. Prohibited and Conditionally Permitted Unfair Trading Practices
    Sofie De Pourcq, Evelyne Terryn
  • Chapter 3. Enforcement in the Directive (Articles 4 to 11)
    Muriel Chagny
  • Chapter 4. The Common Agricultural Policy and the Directive on UTPS in the Agricultural and Food Supply Chain. Ensuring a Fair Standard of Living for the Agricultural Community?
    Tom Verdonk
  • Chapter 5. The Directive on UTP in the Agricultural and Food Supply Chain – a German Perspective
    Jochen Glöckner
  • Chapter 6. French Regulatory Experiences with the Control of UTPs
    Denis Voinot
  • Chapter 7. The Regulation of UTPs in the Food Supply Chain in the United Kingdom
    Mateja Durovic
  • Chapter 8. The Supply Chain Initiative. Its Origins, Purpose and Activities
    Michael Hutchings
  • Chapter 9. Tackling UTPs – Belgian Farmers Thoughts About the Belgian Experience with Self-Regulation
    Pieter Verhelst, Bert Meulemans
  • Chapter 10. Unfair B2B Trading Practices: General Outlook and Preliminary Conclusions
    Jules Stuyck