Ahold's Czech subsidiary Albert has filed a complaint with the European Commission because of the changes in the Czech market power legislation. That is what Albert CEO Jesper Lauridsen said in an interview.
Fine up to 10 % of turnover
The changed legislation means that foreign chains will no longer be able to negotiate on pricing with local Czech suppliers. If they do, then they risk a fine up to 10 % of their total turnover. The intent of the Czech government is to protect local suppliers against major, international companies.
"We believe this legislation is in conflict with the rules of free trade. On top of that, the exact opposite is what is obtained through these added legislation. We will be forced to buy outside of the Czech Republic", Lauridsen said in an interview with the Dutch paper Het Financieele Dagblad. Alongside Eurocommerce, Lauridsen has filed a complaint against the new legislation with the European Commission. "We are not the only ones who feel this law limits free trade", he added.