July 14th, 2017

European Commission has steps up infringement procedure over supermarket law

The European Commission has stepped up an infringement procedure launched against Hungary in February 2016 over restrictions against unprofitable supermarkets. The commission said it decided to send a reasoned opinion to Hungary requesting it to remove restrictions on loss-making enterprises in the retail sector. Hungarian legislation prohibits retailers selling fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) to continue operations in Hungary if they operate at a loss for two consecutive years.

The Commission considers that such a measure runs counter to the freedom of establishment and the principle of non-discrimination and the free movement of capital and cannot be justified by the overriding reasons of general interest. Hungary now has two months to inform the Commission of measures taken to remedy the situation. Otherwise, the Commission may decide to refer the case to the Court of Justice of the EU.

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  • wolfi

    Of course Fidesz wants the business to go to CBA owners (which usually are Fidesz members) – where prices are often 50% higher than at those “loss making global companies”.
    Just like the tobacco monopoly – a licence to print your own money for the select few.

    Consumers don’t count – Fidesz is just in it for their money!

    • Pali

      I really do not see the problem with loss making businesses not continuing after 2 years. Similar laws are in other countries, why not Hungary? If a company is not making profit, how can it continue without adiquate funds to support it? I had no option but to close my own business because the 2008 recession didn’t allow me to continue because of lack of funds. Besides, what has CBA got to do with it anyway. CBA is a ligitimate profit making busuiness, and deserves a big clap and pat on the back. We shop most of the time in CBA and have experienced good shopping times. Most of the goods they sell are good, and healthy, unlike Tesco, and some of the German stores that operate in Hungary. So, if the CBA prices are 50% higher than at those “loss making global companies, why don’t they put their prices up and sell better goods. Your really wrong on that score, it is the customer that really does count, and also companies are in business to make money, otherwise they wouldn’t be in business. Wolfi my dear friend, you really are a brain dead twit. No wonder you growl the way you do with a name like that. If you don’t like shopping in Hungary, go and shop back home. That is if you have a home, as wolves live in caves and holes in the ground.

      • wolfi

        Pali, you know too much (alternative facts …) – which country in the EU has similar laws re loss making?
        Two years is not a long time …
        The rest of your comment made me laugh too – but there is no need to answer this nonsense.


        I see many more people shopping at Aldi, Lidl etc than at CBA and my wife says their quality is much better – and their prices are lower.
        Her sister visited us and was astonished at the quality and price of the goods that we brought from Germany – whether it was butter or sour cream, even the aluminum foil and the plastic freezer bags!

      • Bowen

        You really are a moron if you deliberately choose to shop at CBA.

        • Pali

          I really have no problems shopping with my wife at CBA. I fail to see why you call me a moron. They sell all local meats and vegitables, and they truly meet our requirements. So, no moron.

          • Polle

            Hungarian vegetables are fine and they are sold in all supermarkets. If you didn’t know it, Lidl is a very big eksporter of Hungarian fruit and vegetables.
            If Hungarian quality is good enough for you when it comes to other food products, then just continue shopping in CBA, but some people require more and for that reason and many others, they stay far away from CBA ( among some called the Fidesz shops).

      • “If a company is not making profit, how can it continue without adiquate funds to support it?”

        Good Question…obviously some foreign Soros network is supporting it…similar to some Hungarian oligarchs supporting CBA/OTP/MOL’s loss-making operations abroad, where they have to compete on more equal terms than in Whorbanistan?

        • wolfi

          Viking, don’t you know that it’s always different when there’s a Hungarian involved?
          To them the usual rules don’t apply …
          And if they’re Fidesz mafiosi – then no rules at all apply!
          It’s so easy:
          “A new law every day keeps sanity away!”
          I’ve lost count of all those laws – even the changes in the constitution “made of stone” have been too numerous …

      • CG Walkman

        I had no option but to close my own business because the 2008 recession didn’t allow me to continue because of lack of funds.

        It could also be because you have no business sense and only got lucky when money was easy to come by. Why don’t you try now, under the regime of your beloved OV and see how well you do.

        • Pali

          I don’t think so. I have been retired for 8 years and have no intention of setting up business again. I have enough money to keep me happy until the graveyard calls for me.

    • Well, when looking at some customers at CBA in Hungary the saying is more:
      Consumers are cunts!

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