A summit dedicated to the topic of dual product quality will be held in Bratislava on Friday, the 13th of October, 2017
"The practice has to end, one we refuse on principle," stated Robert Fico at a press conference held in Brussels on 27 June this year after a meeting with the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker on this topic. "We are no second category citizens, we will not accept a situation where products sold in the same package and under the same name are of lesser quality in our countries than those in Western Europe," Prime Minister emphasized. The upcoming Bratislava summit will therefore be a concrete contribution of Slovakia, reaffirming the effort by the Slovak Prime Minister, to finding opportunities how to remove the differences in dual product quality on the European market. Participants will present the results of comparative testing of product quality sold in the West and East of Europe respectively, introducing new regulations to the common European legislation in this area.
Travelling to Bratislava will be the Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, the Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orb?n, the Prime Minister of Poland Beata Szydlo, EC Commissioner for Justice, Consumers, and Gender Equality Viera Jourova, representatives of Governments of EU and V4 member states, as well as representatives of the European Parliament responsible for agriculture and internal market, including the representatives of several consumer associations.
The problem of dual product quality was pointed out by the Slovak Prime Minister earlier this year who initiated a meeting of V4 Prime Ministers held in Warsaw in March this year.