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The directive on commercial practices: a missed opportunity to protect agriculture producers?
Author/s: Antonio Iannarelli 
Year:  2019 Issue: 163 Language: Italian 
Pages:  24 Pg. 439-462 FullText PDF:  256 KB
DOI:  10.3280/GDL2019-163001
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The essay analyzes critically the recent Directive of the European Parliament and of the Coun-cil on unfair trading practices in business-to-business relationships in the agricultural and food supply chain. The lack of distinction in the proposal between agricultural producers and any natural or legal person who sells agricultural and food products appears to be in contrast with the reference to Article 43 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union as the basis of the Directive. Furthermore, the provision of only specific hypotheses relating exclusively to situations of different annual turnover of suppliers and buyers does not provide adequate pro-tection against the structural weakness of the farmers who are still price takers. The same criti-cal consideration is put forward with regard to the contractual clauses which are prohibited, unless they have been previously agreed in clear and unambiguous terms in the supply agree-ment or in a subsequent agreement between the supplier and the buyer.
Keywords: Food and agricultural supply chain; Agricultural producers and simple suppliers of agricultural and food products; Unfair commercial practices.

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Antonio Iannarelli, The directive on commercial practices: a missed opportunity to protect agriculture producers? in "GIORNALE DI DIRITTO DEL LAVORO E DI RELAZIONI INDUSTRIALI " 163/2019, pp. 439-462, DOI:10.3280/GDL2019-163001


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