"There is so far no proof whatsoever that unfair trading practices constitute a widespread problem across national borders"
HDE and five German CEOs appealing to EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan
On December 12, 2017 the president of the German Trade association HDE and the CEOs of five retailers and wholesaler in Germany EDEKA, Kaufland, LIDL, METRO AG, REWE Group wrote a joint letter to EU Commissioner Phil Hogan, emphasizing that neither regulation acting only at producer level nor regulation of business relations between all stages of the supply chain would improve the position of farmers.
Trade barriers in the Single Market
Study suggests companies face discriminatory measures in Single Market
In an EU-wide survey of the Centre for European Policy (cep) commissioned by METRO AG 59% of companies feel affected by discriminatory restrictions to their business in the Single Market.
Position to the "Non Paper": Better functioning of the Food Supply Chain
presented by Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia
Following METROs approach for a transparent and responsible lobbying of our interests and clearly stating our arguments and positions in a public debate, we wish to explain our arguments to some of the proposals mentioned by the ministers of Agriculture of seven EU- member states Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia. We invite you to a dialogue and look forward to your comments.
This article includes several parts:
Position: METRO's Own Brand Product Development
A contribution to the discussion on the quality of food in different countries
A number of governments and politicians in CEE countries and in Brussels have recently stated concerns that the food products sold in their markets seem to be of a lower quality than the products in other EU countries. The phenomenon of alleged “dual quality food” is also based on some studies carried on by Slovak, Czech, Hungarian authorities showing certain differences in taste, packaging, content, and color of products sold under the same brand-name in CEE and other EU countries.
Following METRO's approach for a transparent and responsible lobbying of our interests and clearly state our arguments and positions in a public debate we wish to explain the elements of our product policy for our own brands. We invite your for dialogue and looking forward to your comments.
News from Brussels / Week 18 – 24 February 2017
Last week the European Commission published the annual review of the economic and social situation in the Member States within the framework of the European Semester. Meanwhile, the Council agreed on further measures to tackle tax avoidance at international level and discussed new ways to strengthen consumer protection cooperation in the digital age.
The European Single Market - the future or passé?
Trade Letter February 2017
The European Single Market has been in existence since 1992. In practice, however, numerous barriers limit the actual freedom of movement of EU citizens, goods, services and capital.
This article is part of our Trade Letter February 2017.