The European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Věra
Jourová wants the double standard of food products in the EU to be put on
the list of illegal business practices in the EU.¨The commissioner made
the announcement at a press briefing in Prague on Friday.
This means that consumers would be in a position to sue a company over the practice. The list is to be reviewed by the Commission in April.
Meanwhile, a special working group made up of representatives from 15 EU member states is working on a control mechanism which would gradually root out the practice.
Food consumption in the Czech Republic last year rose by 1.9 percent with
the average consumption per person climbing to 785.6 kilos of food.
Consumption of milk and other dairy products rose by 2.1 percent, the Czech
Statistical Office announced.
Consumption of fruit increased by 2.0 percent and of vegetables by 3.0 percent. Meat consumption rose to 80.3 kilos, that’s around twice the average of 1950 consumption.
The office said 2016 stood out for the all time record amount of rice eaten by Czechs. The average came to 6.5 kilos per person, up by 0.6 percent on the previous year.
Some 397 tonnes of foodstuffs were donated during the Czech Republic’s
fifth National Food Drive on Saturday, which is 70 tonnes more than in the
previous year, organisers from the Business for Society platform have
Some 750 shops, including stores owned by major chains such as Tesco and Lidl, took part in the event in which members of the public donated non-perishable foodstuffs for redistribution to those in need. This year, more than 4,000 volunteers and shop staff took part in the collection.
The fifth national food collection is held around the Czech Republic on Saturday. Sone 750 shops, including stores owned by major chains, take part in the event in which members of the public can donate non-perishable foodstuffs that will then be redistributed to those in need. The campaign is organised by a corporate responsibility platform Business for Society, along with other NGOs. Last year, some 312 tonnes of food were donated.
Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka insists that a solution to the
problem of double product quality, over all foodstuffs, in the EU countries
requires a revision of the directive on dishonest commercial practices.
Sobotka made the statement on Friday at the summit 'Equal quality of
products for all', held in Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava.
The summit, convened by the Czech and Slovak governments, is attended by the Prime Ministers of the countries of the Visegrad Group, composed of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary, and representatives of the European Commission.
Mr Sobotka stressed that several tests showed that the double quality of the products is not a casual phenomenon, but rather a widespread practice. He added that he considered it positive that it had been agreed that the solution to this problem should be sought jointly within the framework of the European Union and with the active participation of the European Commission.
A comparison of 21 food products sold in five countries, including the
Czech Republic, has showed differences in most of them.
The examination of the contents of food sold in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary was carried out by a Prague university with the results released on Thursday. It found only seven of the products were totally the same. There were small variations for three products. And for 11 products the variations were considerable. In most cases, the quality of food offered in Germany was superior. The latest results are likely to bolster the campaign by Czech and other Central European countries against dual quality foodstuffs being sold in the same packaging across the European Union.
The price of butter on the Czech market has seen a steep rise, but viewed
in context with the average wage it is still lower than it was in the early
1990s, economic analyst Aleš Michl told the ctk news agency.
Michl pointed out that while in1991 the average wage could buy 189 quarts of butter, in 2017 it would get 489 quarts.
The rising price of butter on the domestic and world markets has become a hot topic of debate ahead of October’s general elections. Agriculture Minister Marian Jurečka last week accused retailers of contributing to the rise through their high profit margins.