In a call from the European Commission on Wednesday, it calls on farmers, EU citizens and all stakeholders to share their views on the functioning of the food supply chain through an on-line consultation of 17 November.
According to the information provided by the Commission, the added value of the food supply chain is not adequately covered by the various levels of the chain, such as smaller and therefore more vulnerable players. This is due to the differences between the negotiating positions of farmers and small businesses and their economically stronger and largely centralized business partners.
The European Commission intends to collect opinions to evaluate the need for and appropriate measures to be taken at EU level to address and regulate unfair international trade practices for agro-food products. As noted, given the need for a degree of competition, the consultation will help to judge whether other EU market transparency provisions should be introduced.
The questionnaire also looks at the level of interest in producer co-operation and, among other things, the usefulness of the so-called value-sharing, ie the sharing of market gains and losses resulting from the change in the relevant market prices, in the sugar sector.