The Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic approved an amendment on mandatory quotas for Czech food in shops. In stores with an area of more than 400 square meters, at least 55 percent of food from Czech production should be sold from next year. Every next year, the ratio would grow by three percentage points and in 2027 it would be up to 73 percent.
However, this measure is taken rather ambiguously. Many economists and opponents, including Foreign chambers see no benefit in introducing mandatory quotas and, on the contrary, find negative effects. First of all, according to them, the proposal is in conflict with EU legislation and its rules applicable to the common market. According to some of them, the list includes foods that cannot be produced in such quantities in the Czech Republic and point out that this regulation will make food more expensive and will burden the largest domestic players.
Prepared by the team of CzechTrade/CzechInvest Israel