The Romanian parliament unanimously passed an amendment to the country’s “Law on the Sale of Food Products” bill which states that every large supermarket in the country must ensure that 51% of the fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs, honey, dairy products and baked goods they stock are “locally sourced”.
The initiative goes against the EU dictum that imports must be accepted and local producers may not be favoured over the “free commerce” of large multinational companies.
The EU will probably challenge the law but the author argues that such a challenge would be ineffective. On the other hand, this would be a perfect opportunity to challenge the EU’s agricultural and trade policies. Local food production is at a disadvantage. It is next to impossible for local producers to compete with international imports.
Also read the comments that argue whether EU intervention in the case would be effective, or whether the law (and possible EU counter moves) should be used to highlight the destructive nature of EU rules and international trade agreements.
You can find the article on: https://transitionnetwork.org/…