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EuroCommerce today praised the initiative of Benelux to look at ways of creating a single retail market as a model for making the wider European Single Market work better for EU consumers, whether they buy products and services online or offline.
EuroCommerce very much welcomed the European Parliament’s plenary vote today approving ratification of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada (CETA). The agreement has now passed an important hurdle and can be provisionally applied, starting this spring.
- 31 January 2017
Egg and poultry meat sectors and retailers unite to call for common sense approach to status of free range eggs and poultry meatRead more
Representatives of EUWEP, Copa & Cogeca, AVEC and EuroCommerce today called upon the European Commission to look urgently at the current rules on how long poultry flocks might be kept indoors before losing their free range status.
- 26 January 2017Read more
Retailers and wholesalers today called on national governments and the EU to make it easier to reduce food waste and increase food donation. While all parties in the food chain have a responsibility, and therefore a role to play, in solving this global problem, governments need to help as well. Europeans throw away more than 88 million tonnes of food every year. If there is no action to change this, food waste could rise to over 120 million tonnes by 2020. Christian Verschueren, Director-General of EuroCommerce, said: “It is a scandal, both environmentally and socially, that wholesome food goes to waste. We call upon the EU and national governments to look carefully at their rules and help address the obstacles holding us all back from exploiting the potential for moving closer to eliminating food waste.”
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.
- 24 January 2017Read more
The Supply Chain Initiative (SCI) marked further progress in promoting good trading practices in its third annual report presented at an event today sponsored by MEPs Dita Charanzová and Ivan Štefanec.
The report shows that a large majority of companies are satisfied with how the initiative has helped them in their relationships with others in the supply chain. 71% respondents say that they are either satisfied or very satisfied. The figures for SMEs show a similar result, with two-thirds reporting satisfaction with the initiative. There is real progress also in training: 93% of companies report having trained their staff (up from 87% last year) – some 37,000 (compared to 20,000 in 2015). 86% have told their business partners that they are registered under the SCI and explained the commitments that they have made.
- 10 January 2017Read more
Retailers today welcomed the Commission publication of the long-awaited EU Services Package. An important element of the package is the review of the notification procedure under the Services Directive for national rules. The sector sees this as a major step in improving the Single Market for services and tackling national legislation which would be incompatible with EU law.
- 9 January 2017Read more
Reacting to the debate in the European Parliament hearing on the report of the Agricultural Markets Task Force today, retailers expressed deep regret that the debate continued to focus on the misleading and mistaken belief that EU legislation on trading practices can resolve the problems of farmers in the supply chain. They repeated their strong support for helping farmers to provide competitive produce which consumers want to buy, but stressed that this was not the way to achieve this.
- 13 December 2016Read more
EuroCommerce called on the Commission to take a balanced approach in responding to agriculture ministers’ recommendations on so-called unfair trading practices, and promote better organisation of the agriculture sector and positive dialogue across the supply chain.
- 13 December 2016Read more
Retailers want regulation of organic products which lays down proper standards, but does not reduce production at a time when demand for organic products is already outstripping what farmers produce. A key issue left open by Agriculture Ministers this week is the divergence of views with the Commission on thresholds for pesticide residues, which neither the Parliament nor the Council can accept.
- 8 December 2016Read more
On 12-13 December, Agriculture Ministers will be meeting in Brussels to discuss draft Council conclusions on farmers’ position in the food supply chain, including a call for EU-level legislation on trading practices. Retailers oppose EU-level legislation on trading practices.