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Competition Policy

Sustainability Guidelines: Enhancing cooperation for a greener agri-food supply chain




Date: Monday12June 2023

Time: 09:30 – 17:30

Location: Brussels and online

The Directorate-General for Competition and the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development are organising a conference titled “Sustainability Guidelines: Enhancing cooperation for a greener agri-food supply chain” that will accompany the Guidelines’ adoption process.

The conference follows a public consultation, which closed in April 2023. The main purpose of this conference is to discuss key elements of the Guidelines with interested parties at all levels. These parties could be active in the agri-food supply chain, but could also be, for example, lawyers, law enforcers, academics, or citizens.

In December 2021, in the context of the 2023-2027 EU common agricultural policy reform, the European Parliament and Council of the European Union agreed on a new sustainability exclusion from competition rules for agriculture. The exclusion was introduced by an amendment to the Common Market Organisation Regulation (Regulation (EU) 1308/2013) and laid down in its Article 210a.  The exclusion forms part of the overall ambition to ensure a more sustainable EU agri-food supply chain. The Commission is currently preparing guidelines on the practical implementation of the new exclusion to help interested parties use the exclusion.

The programme for the conference will be communicated soon and made available on this page.

The conference will take place in Brussels, but there is also a possibility to follow it online (registration is compulsory in both cases).

You can register to participate in this conference via this link.

The conference organisation team is looking forward meeting you there.