PRAGUE – A letter from Breton

A national proposal that would oblige Czech stores to sell at least 55% of local foodstuffs by 2021 and 85% by 2027 violates EU law, Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton wrote in a letter addressed to Czech Agricultural Minister Miroslav Toman.

The proposal which was made by a  group of Czech MPs to support the country’s farmers, is now at the early stage of the legislative procedure and has already been backed by Toman.

“Such discriminatory measures are forbidden,” said Breton in the letter obtained by’s media partner, Hospodářské noviny. The Commissioner also pointed out that the Czech government usually emphasises the importance of a barrier-free single market, noting that, this time, the Czech Republic wants to create such barriers.

(Aneta Zachová |

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