Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue TD has announced details of seminar on the Unfair Trading Practices Enforcement Authority, which is titled "Ensuring Fair Trading in the Agri-Food Supply Chain", and will beheld by the department's Backweston Campus in Celbridge, Co. Kildare, on Thursday 5 May, according to a statement published on Gov.ie.
According to the statement published on Gov.ie, the seminar marks the first anniversary of the signing of the Unfair Trading Practice (UTP) Regulations by the minister, and, at the event, the department's Enforcement Authority will outline the work that it has undertaken since establishment and highlight to buyers and suppliers of agri-food products their respective obligations and rights under the regulations. The seminar will also communicate the main findings of the recent UTP surveys in which primary producers and supplier businesses were asked about unfair trading practice related issues they face within the food supply chain, according to the aforementioned statement.
Additionally, the minister will reflect on the past year's developments at the seminar as well as the transition to the new Office for Fairness and Transparency in the agri-food supply chain, and he will also participate in a Q & A session at the event that will be moderated by RTÉ CountryWide presenter Damien O'Reilly, according to the aforementioned statement.
Statements By Minister McConalogue
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The statement published on Gov.ie included a statement from Minister McConalogue that said, "This will be a very exciting and informative seminar and it is one that I am delighted to speak at. It represents a great opportunity for the Enforcement Authority to highlight the activities and initiatives they have undertaken since their establishment to promote compliance with the UTP Regulations. I also look forward to hearing about the findings of the recent UTP surveys which will provide insights into supplier views and concerns on trading practices in the food supply chain."
Minister McConalogue continued, "The event is also timely as it creates further awareness that, from next Thursday 28th April, all supply agreements will be in scope of the UTP Regulations and must be fully compliant from that date. I am also excited to be able to share the work we are doing in the area and, equally, I am looking forward to see the establishing of the Office for Fairness and Transparency in the Agri Food Supply Chain later this year."
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