EU scraps plans for restaurant inspection fees

By Sophie Witts contact

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EU scraps plans for restaurant inspection fees

Related tags: European union, Europe

The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has welcomed the rejection of plans to force all EU restaurants to pay for official food inspections.

An announcement by the EU Council confirmed that the financing of inspections will be decided at a national level, following intensive lobbying by the ALMR and European hospitality association HOTREC.

The European Commission had proposed that costs of official controls should be covered by food businesses, but the position was rejected by the Council.

ALMR chief executive Kate Nicholls hailed the decision as a ‘fantastic win for the hospitality industry in the UK and in Europe’.

“The possibility of mandatory fees being rolled out across the continent left businesses facing the possibility of shouldering an even greater financial burden,” she said.

“It is absolutely correct that the decision to introduce such a fee should only be made by governments at a national level.

“The focus of our attention will now turn to the UK Government and we will be working closely with them to ensure that the UK’s hospitality businesses are not faced with an additional cost burden.”

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