V4 farm ministers oppose unfair business practices of supermarket chains


Agricultural ministers of the Visegrad Four countries – Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia – along with their counterparts from Slovenia, Romania and Bulgaria backed a joint statement against the unfair business practices exercised by supermarket chains, at a meeting in Bratislava yesterday, Hungarian news agency MTI reported. 

The ministers called upon the European Commission to provide a regulatory framework by the end of 2015 that would prevent supermarket chains from abusing their market position and pressuring farmers to lower their prices, savings which are often not passed on to the consumer, according to Hungarian farm minister Sándor Fazekas. The meeting participants also discussed how to simplify the EU’s common agricultural policy and addressed a draft agreement on sustainable forestry management.


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