6 February 2019

METRO Position: Protectionism

METRO AG Position Paper

An overview of protectionist laws and trade barriers in METRO countries.

Protection is empowerment. Protectionism is the opposite of empowerment.

Olaf Koch, CEO, METRO AG

In 2017, METRO commissioned an independent study to the Freiburg-based think tank CEP (Centre for European Policy). The aim of the study was to assess what trade companies perceived as discriminatory national restrictions against their business within the Single Market. Although non-representative due to the small sample size, survey results indicate the following as the biggest barriers to selling products from other Member States: other labelling requirements; minimum sales quotas for domestic products; and obligations to promote domestic products. You can find an infographics here.

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