If a firm sells a product EU-wide, but with compositions that differ between countries, it must not label and brand it in a seemingly identical way, as this may mislead consumers, say MEPs.
This consultation is intended to collect input from stakeholders on the draft guidelines for national courts on how to estimate the share of cartel overcharges passed on to indirect purchasers and final consumers (“Draft Passing-on Guidelines”). The European Commission strongly encourages all interested parties to submit their views and comments.
The Commission proposal aims to strengthen the resilience of weaker operators in the food supply chain and improve its functioning. The supporting impact assessment appears to be substantially constrained by the limited evidence base. The data on the scale of the problem seems limited and precise quantifications of costs and benefits of the option packages was not feasible. The stakeholder consultation activities, on the other hand, have largely followed the requirements of the Better Regulation Guidelines.
The audit report is expected to be published in mid-2019.