The European Commission publishes a green paper on unfair trading practices in the business-to-business food and non-food supply chain

Entering uncharted territory: the Commission’s thinking on territorial supply constraints* On 31 January 2013, the European Commission (DG Internal Market) published a Green Paper on unfair trading practices in the business-to-business food and non-food supply chain in Europe. One of the issues that the Green Paper deals with is the use by some suppliers of territorial supply constraints – described as impeding retailers’ ability to source identical goods cross-border in a central location and distributing them to other Member States. The Commission suggests that such constraints result in cross-country price differentials and asserts that these differentials negatively impact the market integration objectives of the EU, thus harming consumers. But as we explain below, simplistic

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Jan Peter van der Veer, The European Commission publishes a green paper on unfair trading practices in the business-to-business food and non-food supply chain, 31 January 2013, e-Competitions Bulletin January 2013, Art. N° 54864

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