The European Commission has launched a consultation on how to make the EU food supply chain fairer. The Commission is concerned that farmers and small suppliers may lack bargaining power when dealing with other parts of the food chain such as food processors and retailers.
The consultation could result in measures to strengthen the position of farmers in the food supply chain, measures to improve market transparency and/or measures around producer cooperation.
The Commission has issued a questionnaire and invites responses from a wide range of stakeholders including farmers, processors, distributors, retailers, consumers and public bodies. Responses to the questionnaire must be submitted by 17 November.
You can find more detail on the consultation here http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-17-2521_en.htm and the questionnaire here https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/AGRISurveyUTPs
"Farmers are the first link in the chain and without them, there would not be food to process, sell and consume. However, we notice that they often remain the weakest link. It is to address the shortcomings in the food supply chain that we are leading the way to act, in accordance with the Commission's longstanding position to stand by European farmers. I encourage all EU citizens, farmers, stakeholders to share their views with us through this online consultation."