Long before the Directive (EU) 2019/633 on unfair trading practices in business-to-business relationships in the agricultural and food supply chain, the Czech Republic had passed an Act on significant market power in the sale of agricultural and food products and its abuse (the “Act”). However, national law did not transpose the Directive in its transposition period and was able to pass on the harmonising amendment only in 2022, which became effective on 1 January 2023. While the primary aim of the Amendment was indeed to harmonise national law with the Directive, it saw numerous modifications and additions in the course of the legislative process in the Parliament. Many of these additions are difficult to comprehend, which brings a feeling of dèja-vu to those who remember the creation of the original Act. Therefore, there is much to unpack about the Amendment and how significant market power in the Czech supply chain will be regulated from 2023 on.
Read the full article Regulation of Significant Market Power in Czech Food Supply Chain in 2023 and Beyond by Jan Kupcik here.
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