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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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 1 December 2016Read more
EuroCommerce welcomed the proposals announced today by Commissioner Moscovici to modernise VAT in the EU as part of the Digital Single Market Strategy. EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren said:
“The existence of 28 different VAT rules in the EU makes it extremely difficult, particularly for small businesses to make the most of the Single Market and operate cross-border. Existing EU VAT legislation goes back to the 1990s when e-commerce didn’t exist, and this needs to change. We are therefore very glad that the Commission has focused on updating these for the 21st century”.
- 28 November 2016Read more
EuroCommerce welcomed many of the improvements to the Geoblocking Regulation agreed at the Competitiveness Council today, including on payments, after sales service and freedom to have different commercial offerings across channels and different countries. But it regrets that, in the rush to do a deal before the end of the year, the text does too little to meet retailers' and wholesalers' need for the legal certainty to allow businesses to sell cross-border with confidence that they are not running potentially expensive regulatory and judicial risk.
- 23 November 2016
New EU Start-up and Scale-up Initiative: completing the Single Market is the best way to allow small businesses to growRead more
EuroCommerce sees the publication of the new Commission Communication Start-up and Scale-up Initiative as a welcome contribution to creating a positive environment in Europe for start-ups and improve the prospects of those seeking to scale up their business.
- 15 November 2016Read more
In conjunction with International Product Safety Week and the conference being held this week in Brussels, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren today pressed Europe’s decision-makers to look at further action on product safety, a core issue for the retail and wholesale sector. The EU should move forward on at least the most important elements of the blocked product safety package.
- 14 November 2016Read more
EuroCommerce supported Commissioner Hogan’s establishment of the Agricultural Markets Task Force, whose report was issued today. Retailers understand the difficulties faced by a number of farmers today. Europe needs an agricultural sector firmly rooted in an open market economy, able to be more responsive to market signals and ever-changing consumer demand. We can therefore support many of the recommendations from the task force aimed at, for instance greater encouragement of producer organisations, use of risk management tools and contractualisation.