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.
The west Bohemian city of Plzen celebrated 175 years since the birth of its
famous Pilsner brew at the weekend.
On October 5, 1842 beer master Josef Groll made the first Pilsner beer, the world’s first-ever pilsner type blond lager, which inspired much of the beer produced in the world today, many of which are named Pils, Pilsner and Pilsener. He used hops from Žatec, soft water and his own malt. The recipe has not changed over the years.
Open air celebrations with Pilsner beer, good food and music took place on the main square on Saturday.
Agriculture Minister Marian Jurečka says retailers are responsible for the
steep rise in the price of butter. According to the minister half of the
price makes up retail stores profit margins. He said rising prices on world
markets had also contributed to the increase.
The Union of Tourism and Trade has dismissed the claim that retailers are to blame saying the development of dairy prices on world markets is responsible. The price of butter on the Czech market has doubled in the past year.
The Czech Confederation of Commerce and Tourism, which group large and
small retailers, has condemned as populism a government move to check on
sharp price rises of butter.
The check was announced by prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka following price rises which have seen the price of a pack soar to more than 50 crowns.
Sobotka said he was puzzled by the confederation’s reaction since similar moves had been announced in other countries.