As of this January 1, the Rucip European Committee secretariat will effectively relocate from Paris to Brussels.
From the same date, a new set of rules and practices will apply to inter-European trade in potatoes (RUCIP).
In a press release, the Rucip European Committee, composed of the European associations Europatat (Potato Trade), EUPPA (Potato Processing) and Intercoop Europe (Cooperatives), said the new version, more commonly known as Rucip 2017, was validated in November this year.
“For all disputes on contracts signed after the 1st of January only the RUCIP 2017 version will apply,” it says.
The first European rules were established back in 1956 through the efforts of the EU for the wholesale trade in potatoes. They defined professional practices and set up a simple and efficient procedure for expert assessment and arbitration. Rucip has since been amended various times, with a profound revision coming into force in March 2012.
The modifications in Rucip 2017 focus strictly on the transfer of the European secretariat to Brussels and on the possibility of creating European lists of experts and arbitrators for countries without a national Rucip secretariat.