Romania is to face infringement procedures if the law requiring shops to display on their shelves 51 percent of Romanian products coming from the short chain enters force, Minister of Agriculture Achim Irimescu said. The law, which was passed by the Parliament in July, is due to enter force on January 1, 2017.
According to Irimescu, the Ministry of Agriculture recently received an infringement warning in related to the law requiring shops to display a share of 51 percent of Romanian products coming from the short chain. The provision is included in law 150/2016, modifying and amending law 321/2009 on the sale of food products.
“There are two solutions: to give up on the 51 percent provision, or to delay things for a while,” Irimescu said, adding that it is not yet known what penalties Romania is facing for not abiding by EU regulations. “I don’t know now what the penalty is, it is difficult to say, but, probably, the solution is to align ourselves from the point of view of legislation. We are currently analyzing,” the Minister of Agriculture stated.
According to the law, the seller is requested to provide meat, eggs, vegetables, fruit, honey, dairy and bakery products in a proportion of at least 51 percent of the total volume of goods up for sale. The products should come from the short chain, as defined by current regulations.