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Grocery Industry.

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 27 January 2010

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Questions (48)

Máire Hoctor

Question:

131 Deputy Máire Hoctor asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food his views on a code of practice in the grocery sector here which will ensure that food producers here are paid an appropriate price for their produce; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3697/10]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food)

As signalled by the Tánaiste, the intention is to implement a national Code of Practice for doing business in the Grocery Goods sector with a view to ensuring a fair trading relationship between retailers and their suppliers. The code will be initially on a voluntary basis.

The EU Commission has also issued a Communication on a better functioning food supply chain in Europe. As I said at the recent Council of Minister's meeting, I believe there is also a need to look critically at EU competition law (or its interpretation) in so far as it can serve to militate against consolidation at producer level to achieve the scale necessary for optimum efficiency and international competitiveness. There is a need also to audit unfair contractual practices with a view to ensuring compliance with competition law. I am very pleased that the Spanish Presidency had committed itself to progressing the whole issue of improving the functioning of the food chain. There is a need for considerable improvement so that all players, including producers and consumers, receive fair treatment.

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