CELCAA takes notes of the Commission’s publication of its proposals on Unfair Trading Practices (UTP’s) which gives a degree of clarity for businesses, and particularly the need to focus on the impacts of UTP’s on SME’s – a category of business making up the majority of companies within the CELCAA membership.
The real test for the proposal however will be in understanding how it will ultimately be implemented. In this regard, CELCAA is particularly concerned to ensure that existing well recognised and well tested practices, not least the provision of arbitration services that have proved efficient to tackle unfair trading practice in the EU food chain, are maintained. CELCAA would also like to see a clear definition of perishable products in the Directive to have consistency of implementation amongst Member States.
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