As part of a broader initiative to improve the food supply chain, the Commission has been considering whether there needs to be an increase in market transparency. This initiative also includes elements of the regulations on producer cooperation (addressed in the omnibus regulation of December 2017) and the proposal for a Directive on unfair trading practices. The combination of these three elements is a direct response to the challenges detailed in the Agricultural Markets Task Force’s report from November 2016.
To help address these challenges, a workshop with academic, industry experts, national and international organisations on market transparency was jointly organised by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the European Commission's department for agriculture and rural development. This event was intended to assess the scope and nature of any possible EU action which might improve the functioning of sectoral food chains through increased market transparency.