According to Miroslav Toman (ČSSD), Minister of Agriculture, the matter of dual quality food has been included in the agenda of the Romanian EU presidency. In the first half of the year, the changes should be approved, despite the possible objections of countries such as Germany and Austria. “We want dual quality to be prohibited so that citizens of the Czech Republic are not citizens of the second category,” said Toman.
Member States must agree on their stance on the proposal for new consumer rules so they can start negotiating their final version with the European Parliament. Last week, the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection of the European Parliament adopted its position on a proposal in which the dual quality of food for unfair commercial practices was clearly identified.
The problem of dual quality food has been bothering countries of Central and Eastern Europe for a long time. That is why Brussels tried to solve this issue last year. Unfortunately, Austria has refused a draft of a ban, and so politicians have to discuss it again.