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7 July 2016

European retailers taken aback by discriminatory Polish retail tax

Speaking today, EuroCommerce Director-General expressed regret and surprise at the decision of the Polish Parliament to follow a trend of discriminatory measures across Central and Eastern Europe, by adopting a new retail tax, aimed mainly at foreign retailers:

“We see a clear policy direction in Central and Eastern Europe, with governments adopting laws favouring local retailers and suppliers over foreign businesses, undermining competition and local consumers’ interests. This latest law will simply deter foreign competitors from investing, and undermine their contribution to providing choice and innovation in the Polish economy, and end up with Polish consumers footing the bill.”

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"The Narratives"

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.

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"The Narratives"