EU Law – European Commission launches infringement procedures against Romania on retail trade of agricultural and food products legislation

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The Commission decided to send a letter of formal notice to Romania regarding national legislation on retail of agricultural and food products running counter to the freedom of movement of goods and to the freedom of establishment.

The provisions as identified by the Commission concern, on the one hand, large retailers being required to purchase at least 51% of food and agricultural products from local producers and, on the other hand, retailers being required to promote products of Romanian origin.

Romania has not provided evidence of justification and proportionality of the measures, required in order for the restrictions to the freedoms to be permitted under EU law.

The Romanian authorities have two months to answer to the Commission’s notice.

The official press release of the European Commission may be accessed here.

Georgeta Dinu, Ana-Maria Baciu, Cosmina Simion

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