We will give fairness to producers in food chain, says Hogan
Published 25/09/2015 | 02:30
European Commissioner Phil Hogan says movement is being made on measures to rein in some retail "oligopolies".
He said they were analysing legal measures to see what could be done on a European-wide basis to give fairness to the producer in the food chain.
It comes after European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said they needed to "break" some retail supergiants.
"It made a major impact in terms of concentrating the minds of other commissioners," said Mr Hogan, after farmers raised concerns over low-cost selling of food produce. "We are getting significant traction; we are studying the Spanish and UK situation.
"We'd like to see fairness to the producer because if you don't have a producer, then you don't have a product.
"I'd like to get the benefit of an evaluation of what is happening in other jurisdictions. It is good in terms of levelling the playing pitch for everybody and harmonising the rules."
Mr Hogan signalled that work was under way to reopen the year-long closure of the Russian market. And he confirmed that individual countries would be briefed on potentially topping up the EU crisis funds.
He said it was expected that all aid measures under the €500m European package would be in place by the end of October to help the dairy and pig sectors.