According to the minister, the investigation raised potential unfair clauses in contracts between processing companies and farmers.
“These clauses oblige agricultural enterprises to sell specified quantities of potatoes to buyers. If these quantities are not met, buyers have the right to obtain supplies from other sellers, at the expense of the initial agricultural enterprise. This option is even provided for in these contracts if the required production quantities cannot be achieved for reasons of force majeure, ”underlines Mr. Clarinval in a press release.
“The imposition of these clauses could be the result of an abuse of economic dependence not prohibited by the Code of Economic Law”.
It also asks the Authority to examine the mechanisms for fixing the purchase prices of potatoes “potentially contrary to the rules of competition law”.
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