CONFERENCE: FRANCE - COMPETITION ENFORCEMENT - COMMERCIAL CODE - REFORM

Round table (The reform of the French Commercial Code’s Title IV Book IV - Nanterre, April 4th, 2019)

A round table, moderated by Professor Anne-Sophie Choné-Grimaldi, allowed the representatives of the various links in the sectors to express themselves and discuss the content of the new texts. From upstream to downstream, this roundtable brought together:

  • For the production: Patrick Bénézit, Deputy Secretary General (FNSEA), and Antoine Suau, Director of the Economics and Sustainable Development Department (FNSEA);
  • For the agri-food industry: Valérie Weil-Lancry, legal director in charge of commercial relations (ANIA);
  • For the distribution: Jacques Davy, Legal Director of Legal and Fiscal Affairs (FCD), and Hugues Beyler, Director of Agriculture (FCD). It has been divided into two sub-parts: the first devoted to commercial negotiation and the conclusion of written contracts; the second devoted to price control. On each of these sub-themes, have been expressed successively and in this order: the FNSEA, the ANIA and the FCD.

I. La négociation commerciale A.-S. C.-G. (modérateur) : 1. Les ordonnances, adoptées sur habilitation du législateur, avaient pour mission, en premier lieu, de “réorganiser” le titre IV et de “clarifier” ses dispositions (art. 17 de la loi no 2018-938 du 30 octobre 2018, dite loi “Egalim”). Une réorganisation a bien eu lieu. Il n’est cependant pas évident qu’elle offre la clarification espérée [1]. Les principales questions qui étaient débattues sous l’empire des textes anciens continueront à l’être. 2. S’agissant des textes sur la négociation commerciale, la loi d’habilitation avait donné au gouvernement mission de : “3° De préciser les dispositions relatives aux conditions générales de vente, en imposant notamment la formalisation par écrit, par le distributeur, des motifs de son refus d’acceptation de

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Anne-Sophie Choné-Grimaldi, Patrick Bénézit, Hugues Beyler, Jacques Davy, Antoine Suau, Valérie Weil-Lancry, Round table (The reform of the French Commercial Code’s Title IV Book IV - Nanterre, April 4th, 2019), September 2019, Concurrences Review N° 3-2019, Art. N° 91033, www.concurrences.com

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