Competition & sustainability: when restrictions on competition are accepted
Operators active in the food sector may be willing to discuss and co-operate in order to attain sustainability goals. In some instances, such discussions and co-operations are likely to raise competition law problems, like exchange of strategic information. In its “Farm to Fork” initiative, the European Commission indicates that competition rules need to be clarified as regards sustainable actions taken in supply chains. EU measures should be adopted by the end of 2022. In the meantime, competition authorities are taken actions to enable competitors to reach sustainable co-operations.