EU ministers have approved a new law, known as the Unfair Trading Practices Directive, to tackle unfair trading practices in agricultural supply chains. This new directive aims to support suppliers of agricultural products to get a fairer deal from their trading relationships.

The law is a major success for the Fair Trade movement. For several years, Fair Trade Advocacy Office, together with IFOAM, Oxfam and other actors had been advocating for a new law calling on the EU to ensure that the most vulnerable actors in the supply chain have access to a complaint mechanism and allow complaints against all companies importing food into the EU.

Read about the impact this will have on the “people behind the barcodes” in an article by Marissa Ryan of the Oxfam EU Advocacy Office.