MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: Die Linke “The implementation of the EU directive on unfair trading practices in business relationships between companies in the agricultural and food supply chain is overdue. However, it does not solve the structural problem of the market dominance of processing and marketing groups. At best, this will alleviate the pressure on farms a little. Restricting the market power of slaughterhouses, dairy and trading groups through antitrust law geared to the common good and strengthening regional processing and marketing structures must remain the real goal for real eye-level throughout the supply chain, “says Kirsten Tackmann, agricultural policy spokeswoman for DIE LINKE parliamentary group Implementation of the UTP directive in national law. Tackmann continues: “The effectiveness of the implementation of the UTP directive remains open if only four large retail groups dominate over 85 percent of the German market as omnipotent rulers over the supermarket shelves. Therefore, there is an urgent need to reverse the burden of proof so that retailers and processors have to prove that they are adhering to the legal regulations, instead of the agricultural businesses at the cat’s table. In addition, the rules must apply to the entire food supply chain instead of just to retail. Because even in the processing sector there are oligopoly-like structures with blackmail potential. In addition, the long announced ban on advertising with dumping prices must finally come. “
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