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ParliamentaryQuestionsSyed Kamall MEP

  • Member of European Parliament representing London
  • Chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) Political Group in the European Parliament

Leading UK MEP puts pressure on European Commission to honour its commitments on UTPs and Code of Conduct

Following a joint approach by NFDA in Brussels and one of our members in London, Syed Kamall, MEP for London and Chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) Political Group in the European Parliament, has submitted two written questions to the European Commission on the topics of UTPs and an industry code of conduct. Mr. Kamall expresses his concern regarding the lack of progress on these issues and requests justifications and clarifications as to the Commission’s actions and next steps.

Parliamentary questions
11 March 2015 E-003925-15

Question for written answer to the Commission
Rule 130
Syed Kamall (ECR)

Subject: Unfair business-to-business commercial practices

I have been contacted by a constituent who, since 2011, has been following the Commission’s non-sectoral consultation on unfair business-to-business commercial practices.

My constituent tells me that the sector most affected by unfair practices (based on the number of responses in consultation) was motor retail, although a wide variety of sectors reported unfair trading practices (UTPs).

My constituent tells me that, despite this variety, in July 2014 the Commission published a communication setting out potential remedies for the food sector only. My constituent is confused by the Commission’s sector-specific action on food, given the non-sectoral scope of the consultations.

1. Can the Commission explain why it is proposing to confine action to the food sector, and not to address UTPs in other sectors?
2. Can the Commission confirm whether examples of UTPs identified as requiring attention in the food sector were also identified as UTPs in other sectors?
3. Can the Commission confirm whether or not the vast majority of respondents to both consultations agreed that a ‘voluntary code of conduct’ on UTPs would be the most effective solution against UTPs and that the Commission should not explore further the possibility of regulation at a wider EU level to address UTPs?

Parliamentary questions
11 March 2015 E-003924-15

Question for written answer to the Commission
Rule 130
Syed Kamall (ECR)

Subject: CARS 2020

I have been contacted by a constituent who runs a franchised motor dealership and is concerned by the CARS 2020 Report.

My constituent is concerned about the voluntary code of conduct for the motor vehicle supply chain referred to in the report, which states ‘…if agreement [on a code of conduct] is not reached at the latest by the end of 2014, the Commission reserves the right to initiate a process, with the aim of adopting a legislative proposal regulating relations between different players of the automotive sector’.

With this deadline now passed and no agreement reached, would the Commission please confirm what specific measures leading to a legislative proposal it intends to initiate in 2015, including by:

1. Confirming whether it has (since early 2013) received concrete proposals from each stakeholder group as regards the content of a code of good conduct and what reasons have been given if not;
2. Identifying any other specific stumbling blocks to progress in this area (whether generally or on the part of any stakeholder group); and
3. Setting out its anticipated timetable for further action?

Posted by Sue Robinson on 03/04/2015