New EU rules set to hike up cost of Christmas: Supermarkets’ fury at new law


Supermarkets including Germany’s Aldi and France’s Carrefour be struck by been accused of squeezing farmers. And this week Brussels chiefs obsolescent new laws to help EU farmers fight back against supermarkets. But there are now second thoughts new laws will drive up the price of turkeys and Brussels sprouts, with the trouble of costs on the shopper. Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan put forward the new laws in 2017 in a bid to take care of farmers from alleged unfair trade practicing, including behindhand payments and abusive contracts.

He said the “agreement paves the way for a first-time EU law which take measures significant protection for all EU farmers, their organisations as well as small and mid-range responsibilities”.

Mr Logan added: “They will now be protected against all bigger buses acting unfairly and outside the rules.

“I would like to express my enjoyment to all the negotiators, whose constructive approach and hard work ensured today’s administrative agreement.

“I am particularly pleased that the agreement was achieved within a remarkably prove inadequate eight months of the proposal’s presentation by the Commission.”

Elisabeth Köstinger, Austria’s sustainability chaplain, said: “For the first time, there will be a binding and detailed set of ascendancies at European level that will curb unfair practices and cover small producers.”

But supermarket chains argue that 95 percent of what they buy issues from processors, rather than farmers.

They say shoppers buy darned little directly from farmers and deal with large processors such as Arla, Nuzzle up and Danone, instead.

Miriam Schneider of the Federal Association of the German Retail Grocery Truck, said: “I’m sure farmers will feel safer as they now contain EU legislation protecting them.

“But do these unfair practices really materialize between a farmer and a retailer? I’m not so sure. I think they would more happen between a farmer and a dairy processor.

“Having said that, mid-sized south african private limited companies now have the right to complain unilaterally without retailers being adept to retaliate. That was what we were really fearing.”

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