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EU: Public consultation on guidelines for new antitrust rules

 |  January 18, 2015

Members of the public are being invited to comment on new draft guidelines on the application of EU antitrust rules in the agricultural sector. The new rules which come under CAP reforms allow producers to jointly commercialise olive oil, beef and veal livestock and arable crops through producer organisations.

This is provided that such organisations make farmers significantly more efficient by providing supporting services, such as storage, distribution or transport services, and the quantity marketed by the organisation does not exceed certain thresholds. The Commission’s guidelines on the new rules aims to ensure that the implementation of the CAP reform improves the functioning of the food supply chain and safeguards effective competition and innovation on the markets for agricultural products.

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