Kicillof confronts businessmen and revives the Gondola Law in the province

Kicillof confronts businessmen and revives the Gondola Law in the province
Kicillof confronts businessmen and revives the Gondola Law in the province

The powerful Argentine Chamber of Commerce and Services (CAC) has come out against the Ley de Góndolas, a project that Axel Kicillof sent to the Legislature and with which he seeks to recover an economic tool that Javier Milei repealed through the Mega DNU.

In general terms, the project seeks to regulate the mass consumption market by encouraging competition and promoting Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the province.

The text, which was submitted by the Senate, establishes a series of limits in relation to the rules for displaying products on physical and virtual shelves, seeking to avoid abuses of dominant position by major brands.

The initiative covers establishments in the province dedicated to the wholesale and retail sale of food, beverages, personal hygiene products and household cleaning products.

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The government plans fines of up to the equivalent of one thousand public employee salaries, withdrawal of concessions and closures for merchants who do not comply with this law on shelves.

The CAC’s reaction was therefore immediate. In a statement, they stated that the project “will disrupt the operations of numerous companies and increase their costs, with the consequent harm to the end consumer.”

Excessive interference in trade relations sooner or later leads to product shortages or price increases, harming businesses and consumers.

The Chamber welcomed the repeal of the Gondola Law at a national level. According to the Chamber, the entity agrees with various objectives set out in Kicillof’s initiative, such as avoiding distorting practices, promoting the growth of SMEs or achieving competitive prices. However, it considers that the proposed tool is “not only incorrect but even counterproductive.”

“Excessive interference in trade relations sooner or later leads to product shortages or price increases, harming businesses and consumers,” they said.

The Chamber is chaired by Entre Ríos businessman Natalio Ginman. Its presidents are Eduardo Eurnekian (AA2000), Guillermo Dietrich (Dietrich SA) and Alberto Grimoldi (Grimoldi SA).

Milei’s project includes dismantling the State. In light of this, we have come to reaffirm that we in the province will use all the instruments we have to protect production and work.

Businessmen have direct influence over some sectors of the opposition. For example, the ruling party tried to approve the bill on the table in the Senate, but neither the PRO nor the libertarian bloc contributed their votes.

“The national government’s project includes dismantling and disintegrating the State, a situation that is already affecting all provinces,” Kicillof said this week at the Buenos Aires Productive Congress, held in Mar del Plata.

“In light of this, we have come to reaffirm that we in the province of Buenos Aires will use all the instruments at our disposal to protect production and work in the province of Buenos Aires,” he warned.

 
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