Prague – An application focused on food prices, which is being prepared by the Ministry of Agriculture, would have negative effects on the sales of small shops. This was said by the president of the Trade and Tourism Association (SOCR) Tomáš Prouza in the Otázky Václav Moravec program on Czech television. He pointed out that in Greece, where the ministry wants to be inspired, the application is related to the regulation of food prices, while the local government, according to him, set maximum prices for part of the assortment.
Minister of Agriculture Marek Výborný (KDU-ČSL) informed on Saturday about the plan to launch an application to help consumers navigate food prices. “The possibility of having an online application that would show what the current average prices of basic food are, like they have in Greece or Austria, is the way we would like to go,” he said. In Greece, according to him, the price of food fell by 18 percent.
However, Prouza pointed out that in Greece the government has introduced an obligation for suppliers to offer a five percent discount on selected products. He also noted that price comparison apps or websites already exist in the Czech Republic.
According to the president of the Food Chamber of the Czech Republic, Dana Večeřová, the application will also harm small food producers. As an example, she cited small bakeries with a large proportion of manual work. “Where the prices are logically higher,” she added.
The President of the Agrarian Chamber of the Czech Republic, Jan Doležal, noted in the same program that a similar topic had already been discussed at the level of the European Union. He pointed out that there could also be a debate about the extent to which discount events are used. “We have learned to be a country of discount events,” he added.
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