I am pleased that the European Parliament has been given the mandate to enter the inter-institutional negotiations on the report regarding unfair business practices between businesses within the food supply chain.

Yesterday, 25 October 2018, with 428 votes in favor, 170 against and 17 abstentions, the European Parliament obtained the agreement to start the negotiations with the Council of Ministers and the European Commission to suppress unfair trade practices in the food supply chain. The lobby of the big supermarkets have not succeeded in challenging the European Parliament’s wish to approve the new rules before the European elections of May 2019. Moreover, the will of the main rapporteur, Paolo De Castro, is to complete the dossier by Christmas.

Finally, farmers and food supply producers will defend themselves against practices such as last minute orders, delays in making payments, and in particular, unilateral changes to contracts.