Watchdog sites raids on grocery stores in new crackdown

  • Watchdog sites raids on grocery stores in new crackdown
    Independent.t. E.
    Watchdog competition Ireland to start a subversive group of operators in the grocery sector to ensure compliance with the new rules, which tighten the relationship with wholesalers and Suppliers.
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Watchdog competition Ireland to start a subversive group of operators in the grocery sector to ensure compliance with the new rules, which tighten the relationship with wholesalers and Suppliers.

The regulations came into force in April 2016, aims to increase transparency and certainty in relations between supermarkets and Suppliers.

They apply to persons who independently or in a group, have a global turnover of 50 million euros or more.

The regulation sets rules regarding what may and may not be in the wholesale contracts – for example, charging vendors for the promotion or for failure to perform the contract for reasons not dependent on outlets or suppliers is prohibited.

The rules also require written contracts to be in place, and annual reports must be submitted to the watchdog, the competition and consumer protection Commission (CCPC).

“In the first year we were kind of setting the format of annual reports informing [of the enterprise] their demands, so they got used to the idea of having contracts in the first place, and to make reports. “We are now moving in the field of verification,” – said the Chairperson Isolde Goggin.

“We’re really trying to meet here. We hope that there will be no charges, but, of course, this possibility exists if you find that people are not compatible.”

The organization seeks to increase its authority in several areas.

He wants the opportunity to question suspects in Garda custody, as well as the ability to use the phone as efforts to eradicate cartels – agreements between business entities restrict competition.

Legislation already provides the power to interrogate suspects, and the legislative act is required to bring it into effect.

The process to obtain this document will soon be launched. He wants the ability to issue fines for certain violations of competition law based on the civil standard of proof (balance of probabilities).

Among the priorities-the fight against so-called ‘gun-jumping – the result of a merger into effect without notice to CCPC, when a merger meets the threshold for such notification.

“We’re worried about this, because we found that some people do not always receive up-to-date legal advice about what the thresholds are, what their obligations”, – added Ms. Goggin said.

“This is a serious problem for business, because the problem with the merger is not properly notified is that this emptiness and this opens up a whole Pandora’s box in relation to everything that has happened since he was supposedly put into action. All their contracts are valid?”

CCPC still in talks with CRH on the order of consideration of materials removed from the cement manufacturer subsidiary of Irish cement in 2015.

The RAID was part of an investigation of alleged abuse of a dominant position in the sector of cement bagged cement Ireland, which the CRB denied. A dispute arose about the CCPC was entitled to investigate some of the materials that were seized.

The Supreme court ruled in favor of the CRB, saying that some documents are not relevant to the business of the Irish cement and hence cannot be revised.

A new Protocol for these searches was put in place to avoid problems in the future, but the process of harmonization with the CRB which documents can be examined is still ongoing and, says Ms. Goggin, you may end up back in court.

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