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EuroCommerce published a paper to clarify the role of retail and wholesale in the food supply chain, and their relationship with the agriculture sector.
To download the paper, please click here.
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.”
- 29 June 2016
Every Meal Matters - European food banks and business organisations join forces to promote food donationRead more
FEBA (European Federation of Food Banks), FoodDrinkEurope and EuroCommerce launched this morning a new guide to encourage and make it easier for food manufacturers and retailers to donate their food surpluses to food banks.
With around 88 million tonnes of food wasted annually in the EU, preventing waste in the food chain is a key priority for food and drink manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers.
- 24 June 2016Read more
“This is a sad day, but also a wake-up call for Europe and for the future direction of the European Union. We must respect the will of the British people, but we will miss the liberal and forward-looking policy input of a country which has been a driving force in the single market, better regulation and open global trade. Britain is the nation of shopkeepers, and the dynamism of British retail has made it a leader in innovation in the high street and online,” said Christian Verschueren, Director-General of EuroCommerce today.
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.
- 22 June 2016Read more
Ahead of the European Council next week, EuroCommerce and its members have written to European heads of state and government and the Presidents of the European Commission, European Parliament and European Council to push for a new approach to making Europe work for its citizens to restore confidence in Europe and create growth and jobs.
- 17 June 2016Read more
EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren welcomed the positive outcome of what have been very lengthy negotiations between member states, Commission and European Parliament on official controls for food safety.
- 14 June 2016Read more
Over the last week, various assertions have been made about the relationship between the farming crisis and commercial dealings in the supply chain. These create connections which are simply not supported by facts.
- 10 June 2016Read more
Speaking today on the launch of the European Commission New Skills Agenda for Europe, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren welcomed the initiative’s focus on the digital technology and on global competition, and the need for Europe’s workforce to be provided with the skills to allow companies and employees to respond to the challenges these produce.
- 9 June 2016Read more
Speaking today as the final stage of the EU Interchange Fee Regulation comes into force, Christian Verschueren, Director-General of EuroCommerce welcomed the added choice which the regulation allows consumers and retailers in using cards in stores or online.
- 7 June 2016Read more
EuroCommerce takes note of the European Parliament vote today on unfair trading practices (UTPs). We respect the views of a very large majority of MEPs on the subject and are already working hard with other actors in the supply chain to make fair trading practices the norm. We are also looking actively at how to further improve the working of the Supply Chain Initiative (SCI), which has attracted more than 1,000 companies to commit to its principles and disciplines.
- 6 June 2016Read more
EuroCommerce today called on MEPs not to press for EU level legislation on Unfair Trading Practices (UTPs) in the Food Supply Chain in the European Parliament vote on the report by Edward Czesak MEP .
- 25 May 2016
EuroCommerce finds geoblocking regulation balanced but looks for further clarity for online retailersRead more
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.
- 20 April 2016Read more
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”.