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EuroCommerce finds geoblocking regulation balanced but looks for further clarity for online retailers
EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren has pressed for the EU to take forward completing the Digital Single Market as a matter of urgency. With the Commission issuing its e-commerce package today, he underlined the importance of creating a vibrant digital market for revitalising the EU economy.
Christian Verschueren, Director-General of EuroCommerce, today commented on the European Parliament Internal Market and Consumer Rights committee adoption of two important own initiative reports by Daniel Dalton (UK, ECR) and Lara Comi (IT, EPP). Both reports press the Commission and Member States to act on further deepening the Single Market, breaking down unjustified barriers that fragment the single market, and removing discriminatory and protectionist national practices.
- 19 April 2016
Retailer brands benefit consumers, competition and innovation - EuroCommerce and ERRT launch new reportRead more
At an event today hosted by MEP Ivan Štefanec, EuroCommerce and the European Retail Round Table (ERRT) released a new report on the benefits of retailer brands. Today, retailer brands make up some 30% of the grocery retail market in Europe. But the degree to which consumers choose them varies across countries and product categories. The report “Retailer Brands – Serving Consumers, SMEs and Innovation” is based on a review of current knowledge and focuses on four main areas: 1) the benefits to consumers; 2) how retailer brands foster competition and choice; 3) how retailers innovate with retailer brands, and 4) small and medium-sized enterprises thrive with the production of retailer brands.
- 7 April 2016Read more
Welcoming many aspects of the Communication on the VAT Action Plan presented today by Commissioner Pierre Moscovici, EuroCommerce Director-General, Christian Verschueren said:
“Lightening the VAT compliance burden for business is vital for the Digital Single Market to work. Different VAT regulations within the EU create major obstacles to companies doing business cross-border. VAT needs to fit the requirements of the digital age. Retailers and wholesalers, as a sector deeply affected by VAT regulation, welcome the Commission’s efforts to find a way forward”.
EuroCommerce Narrative on Retail and Wholesale in a changing world…
The world is changing rapidly. Retailers and wholesalers have repeatedly shown how resilient and adaptive they are, and are moving ahead with embracing this change, providing value to customers, suppliers, and society at large. This great story is worth telling – both to the sector and to the wider world. And the story needs to say clearly what we want from the EU and from national governments to make our sector sustainably competitive.
- 15 February 2016Read more
Today welcoming the annual European Parliament Round Table on the Retail Market hosted by Anna Maria Corazza Bildt, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren argued for a new commitment by the EU to make the single market and digital technology work for Europe to create jobs and growth.
- 29 January 2016Read more
EuroCommerce believes that the Commission’s report issued on 29 January on unfair trading practices in the food supply chain strikes a fair balance. The Commission’s assessment recognised that regulatory schemes in place across Europe differ, but that they seek to achieve similar outcomes. It did not find evidence of the need to take action at EU level at this stage.
- 27 January 2016Read more
EuroCommerce today warmly welcomed MEP Daniel Dalton’s (UK, ECR) report on non-tariff barriers in the single market, and the recognition in it of the key role retail and wholesale can play in making the EU single market work for consumers across Europe.
- 13 January 2016Read more
Today, the European Commission launched its Agricultural Markets Task Force, which will look into current challenges faced by the agriculture sector and will propose recommendations to improve the position of farmers in the food chain.
- 16 December 2015Read more
The retail and wholesale sector believes that the agreement on the General Data Protection Regulation, providing harmonised rules across the EU, is generally positive. The same rules everywhere will greatly facilitate cross-border expansion for many retailers. We have also called for balanced rules, which the agreement has achieved for SMEs.
- 7 December 2015
Joint Statement by Business Associations Worldwide - Fresh momentum for the WTO: MC10 Nairobi must deliverRead more
International trade is going through a profound and accelerated transformation. This is mainly due to changed trade patterns, the globalisation of value chains, the advance of new technologies, and the call for more sustainability in cross-border commerce. All of these changes are taking place in a by now multi-polar world. The World Trade Organisation (WTO), as the unique trade organisation with global reach, is the ideal forum to meet the challenges.
- 9 December 2015Read more
EuroCommerce commented on the proposals to harmonise consumer guarantees for the online sale of goods and digital content, launched today by the European Commission.
The Commission proposal harmonises conditions for online sales of products and digital content. This will be helpful for businesses selling digital content online, such as software, applications etc., and for small webshops seeking to sell goods cross-border. It risks, however, fragmenting consumer guarantee rules further and creates burdens for all other retail businesses increasingly selling goods through omni-channel, by establishing a special regime only for these internet-based transactions, while leaving purchases in shops untouched.
- 2 December 2015Read more
Today, the European Commission published its package, “Closing the loop- An EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy“
EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren said: “The retail and wholesale sector has been active in reducing its environmental footprint, and reducing waste in all parts of the supply chain. EuroCommerce fully supports the objectives of the package as a good starting point on the path to a circular economy. This is not to say that retailers and wholesalers, in particular small businesses, will not face some difficult challenges, and we will look to the Commission to take account of their needs in the transition to a circular economy”.
- 18 November 2015Read more
Speaking at the German Retail World conference in Berlin today attended by Chancellor Merkel and Vice-Chancellor Gabriel, EuroCommerce President Kenneth Bengtsson called upon governments of all EU member states to take concrete action to make the EU single market a reality.