The report provides a comprehensive inventory and description of existing IBOs across all 28 Member States and of the respective rules applicable to IBO under national law. The study, also, examines the significance and impact of IBOs on the markets on which they are active with respect to its objectives and the benefits for producers stemming from the participation in the IBO.
The study is based on evidence gathered from existing literature, interviews with senior policy officials within the European Commission and the national competent authorities, interviews with IBOs representatives, a survey of all IBOs, and five case studies.
The analysis shows that nineteen Member States have currently in place a legal framework governing the recognition and functioning of IBOs. As of June 2016, 123 IBOs have been recognised by national authorities in 8 different MS. The total number continues to grow. The internal structure of the IBO (its organisation) itself is not really important for the proper functioning of the IBO. The working principles within the IBO and the relations between representatives of the IBOs, and other actors of the supply chain (being private stakeholders or public authorities) are the main pillars underpinning a good governance of IBOs.