Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Consultation on the Green Paper on unfair trading practices in the business-to-business food and non-food supply chain in Europe

Consultation on the Green Paper on unfair trading practices in the business-to-business food and non-food supply chain in Europe
Published on: 31/01/2013 Last update: 07/06/2018
Deadline: 30/04/2013

Policy Field

  • Internal Market, Internal Market for services, Retail

Target group

Citizens, enterprises, and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from market participants, national governments and national competent authorities.


  • From 31.01.2013 to 30.04.2013 – (closed).


Unfair trading practices in the food and non-food supply chain have a detrimental effect on the whole EU economy as they affect companies’ (especially SMEs’) ability to invest and innovate. This Green Paper makes an initial assessment of the problems posed by unfair trading practices in business-to-business relationships along the food and non-food supply chain, including the lack of efficient enforcement of existing national rules and the resulting impact on the Single Market.

The objective of the Green Paper is to launch a consultation with stakeholders on this analysis and to identify possible next steps in addressing the problem. All interested parties are invited to submit their views in response to the questions contained in this Green Paper. Contributions should be sent to reach the Commission by 30.04.2013 at the latest.

How to submit your contribution

The participation period to this consultation is now over.

Received contributions will be published on the Internet. It is important to read the Specific privacy statement PDF (19 kB) attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

Consultation document

Please click here to view the Green paper.

Reference documents and other related consultations

Contact details

Responsible services:

Internal Market and Services DG,
Unit E2 – Business-to-Business services



Postal address:

European Commission,
Internal Market and Services DG,
Unit E2 – Business-to-Business services
BE – 1049 Brussels

Number of responses received to this consultation

200 contributions were received.

View the contributions

Each zip contains a contributions-files_en.pdf file with the names of the contributors and the name of the corresponding pdf.

In the interests of transparency, organisations are invited to provide the public with relevant information about themselves by registering in the Interest Representative Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct. If the organisation is not registered, the submission will be published separately from the registered organisations.

Results of consultation and next steps

Protection of personal data and privacy statement