ON-TOPIC: UNFAIR TRADING PRACTICES - AGRICULTURAL POLICY - EUROPEAN REGULATION - BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS - EFFICIENCY - FAIRNESS

Unfair trading practices in the food supply chain

This On-Topic issue is dedicated to the regulation of unfair trading practices in the food supply chain and brings along selected contributions on different aspects on this highly debated and timely topic. These articles show the complexity in finding a good balance between different policy objectives, such as efficiency, fairness, profit distribution and agricultural policy. We hope they will pave the wave for the discussion during the implementation of the new EU Directive on unfair trading practices in business-to-business relationships in the agricultural and food supply chain.

Foreword Ignacio Herrera Anchustegui Post-doctoral researcher, Faculty of Law, University of Bergen Member of the Bergen Center for Competition Law and Economics (BECCLE) Ronny Gjendemsjø Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Bergen Member of the Bergen Center for Competition Law and Economics (BECCLE) 1. Few topics in the world of competition law are debated with as much passion and controversy as fairness. This is the case even more so when the discussion relates to the food supply chain, agricultural producers, supermarkets and end consumers. The debate on and around unfair trading practices’—such as unilateral termination of contracts, late payments, uncompensated transfer of profit or risks—combines a myriad of issues of importance, such as contractual balancing, “big

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Ignacio Herrera Anchustegui, Ronny Gjendemsjø, Peter Carstensen, Johan Hedelin, Antonio Miño López, Unfair trading practices in the food supply chain, September 2019, Concurrences Review N° 3-2019, Art. N° 90847, www.concurrences.com

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