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In the METRO TRADE LETTER, we concern ourselves each quarter with political and social issues which affect our company or the industry as a whole. The intention behind the METRO TRADE LETTER is not only to keep people informed, but also to serve as a basis for dialogue with our political and social contacts in Europe. The METRO TRADE LETTER is published quarterly.
Position: METRO's Own Brand Product Development
A contribution to the discussion on the quality of food in different countries
A number of governments and politicians in CEE countries and in Brussels have recently stated concerns that the food products sold in their markets seem to be of a lower quality than the products in other EU countries. The phenomenon of alleged “dual quality food” is also based on some studies carried on by Slovak, Czech, Hungarian authorities showing certain differences in taste, packaging, content, and color of products sold under the same brand-name in CEE and other EU countries.
Following METRO's approach for a transparent and responsible lobbying of our interests and clearly state our arguments and positions in a public debate we wish to explain the elements of our product policy for our own brands. We invite your for dialogue and looking forward to your comments.
News from Brussels / Week 4 - 10 March 2017
Last week the European Council re-elected Donald Tusk in an “almost” unanimous decision, as he did not receive the support of his home country, Poland. The Council of the European Union approved last week an agreement with Chile to facilitate the trade in organic products. In the European Parliament the Committee for the Environment adopted a report that calls for a more responsible use and more sustainable production of palm oil.
METRO's Position on the Free Trade Agreement / Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Japan
METRO GROUP appreciates the efforts to facilitate bilateral trade between the EU and Japan through an Free Trade Agreement. Within the scope of the negotiations, METRO GROUP very much hopes that especially requirements for food additives will be relaxed, allowing the export of popular European food to Japan and vice versa.
A never ending story: Poland and the Retail Tax
On 19 September 2016, the European Commission urged the Polish Government to suspend the proposed retail tax until the adoption of the final decision by the Commission. It examines whether the levy is compatible with EU state aid rules.
The Polish government suspended the entry into force of the tax until 1 January 2018. But the government doesn’t give up its plan to impose the tax on big retailers.