Directive (EU) 2019/633, which has been transposed into Austrian law by way of an amendment to the Fair Competitive Conditions Act (FWBG), creates a minimum Union level of protection against problematic practices applied by buyers in their relationships with their suppliers on the basis of imbalances in bargaining power.
Representatives from the Croatian, Czech, Slovenian, Romanian and Austrian authorities and the Austrian Fairness Office took part in the event. The plan is to hold such regional meetings more regularly in future.
Interim Director General Natalie Harsdorf-Borsch explained:
“Cooperating with one another and exchanging experiences among enforcement authorities are key to efficiently combating unfair trading practices in the agricultural and food supply chain. We look forward to more regular meetings with all of the participating authorities.”