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February 9, 2023

Proposed legislation: Mandatory sale of Romanian products

*At least 51 per cent of the meat products, fruits and vegetables sold by large traders should come from domestic production

The Senate’s plenum adopted early this week a draft law that would force large traders to make sure that at least 51 per cent of the meat products, fruits and vegetables sold by them come from domestic production.
The draft law, which seeks to supplement Law 321/2009 on the sale of food products, was adopted by the Senate, as the first Chamber notified, with 76 votes in favour and 4 abstentions.
The endorsement report emphasizes that the draft seeks to ensure the national producers’ easy access on the cash&carry market.
“The juridical persons authorized to engage in the sale of food products have the obligation, in what concerns meat products, vegetables and fruits, to buy these products, in proportion of at least 51 per cent per category, from the short supply chain as defined by the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy. During winter months (December-February), in the aforementioned stores imported vegetables and fruits can represent a maximum of 70 per cent of the offer, per each category. Failure to respect these provisions will result in fines ranging from RON 25,000 to RON 50,000, to the extent in which the Competition Law’s provisions are not applicable,” the Economic Commission’s favourable report on the draft law reads, a report approved by the Senate.
According to the Economic Commission’s report, the short supply chain represents “a supply chain that entails a limited number of companies engaged in local economic cooperation and development activities as well as close geographical and social relations between producers and consumers.”
The legislative act will next be debated within the Lower Chamber.

Pork production rises in August 2015; poultry, beef, mutton productions decrease

Pork production rose in August 2015 from the previous month due to the growing trend of relevant slaughtering, while poultry, beef and mutton productions decreased in the said period, according to the data released on Wednesday by the National Statistics Institute (INS).
The number of animals and poultry slaughtered and their carcass weight increased in August YOY for cattle, pigs and poultry, but decreased for sheep and goats.
The total number of pigs slaughtered in August 2015 was 447,000, up 1.6pct from July 2015 and up by 27pct YOY, and their carcass weight rose by 4.3pct from July 2015 and by 27.6pct YOY, having totaled 35,452 tonnes.
As to the sheep and goats slaughtered in August 2015, their number decreased by 20.9pct over July 2015 and by 10.1pct YOY, up to 340,000 head.
Moreover, the total number of poultry slaughtered in August and their carcass weight decreased by 8.1pct compared to July 2015, and by 12.3pct YOY. Thus, 22.225 million poultry were slaughtered in August 2015 and their carcass weight reached 33,791 tonnes.

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