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Goods are services in boxes: European retail and wholesale call for a trade policy response to “servicification”
At the WTO Public Forum in Geneva today, EuroCommerce and the Foreign Trade Association called for a new trade policy response to “servicification” – the shift in modern global value chains from a separation of services and goods, to goods where considerable value is made up of the services contained in them.
EuroCommerce calls for action to create level playing field with China in online sales to European consumers
Speaking on the occasion of the Universal Postal Congress currently taking place in Istanbul, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren pointed to problems of consumer safety and fair competition arising from the massive growth in online sales of products sent directly from China to individual EU consumers: “Online traders in the EU face unequal competition from China on two fronts: firstly, parcel post rates in China are held artificially low by a concession for developing countries under the Universal Postal Union (UPU).
- 27 September 2016Read more
Mr. Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, and Austrian MEP Paul Rübig took part today in a high-level conference organised today by EuroCommerce to look at how digital technology is transforming wholesale, and the skills it needs to meet this challenge, and to contribute to a competitive EU economy.
- 27 September 2016
EuroCommerce presses for harmonised, balanced, simple rules for consumer guarantees, both online and offlineRead more
Speaking at a European Parliament SME Interest Group meeting hosted by MEP Maria Grapini and attended by MEP Pascal Arimont, the rapporteur on the revision of the Sales and Guarantees Directive, EuroCommerce supported the Commission proposal for full harmonisation of consumer guarantees across the EU, and welcomed the move in discussions so far towards including offline sales.
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.
- 19 September 2016Read more
EuroCommerce warned that a proposed new Bulgarian draft Food Act could lead to less competition, denying consumers in Bulgaria a choice of goods, and raising prices. The proposed law, which has been notified to the European Commission would require all food sold in Bulgaria to have original packaging printed in Bulgarian, and prohibit retailers or importers adding the required information in Bulgarian being added later to existing packaging as is common practice in other countries.
- 8 September 2016
Agriculture crisis: retailers call on EU governments to support structural reform instead of gesture politicsRead more
Ahead of the informal meeting of agriculture ministers in Bratislava on 11-13 September, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren called on ministers to help structural reform to create a sustainable agriculture sector rather than resort to empty policy gestures.
- 8 September 2016
Joint Press Release: EU businesses call for customs procedures to focus on economic growth and increased tradeRead more
EU businesses throughout the value chain could benefit significantly if customs were better integrated with economic and trade policy and implemented identically across the EU. These were the key messages arising from a high-level conference on the state of the new Union Customs Code and the future of EU Customs held by 7 leading trade bodies (AmCham EU, CLECAT, EuroCommerce, the European Express Association, the Foreign Trade Association, IATA and the World Shipping Council, with support of EurTradeNet).
- 16 August 2016Read more
EuroCommerce President Kenneth Bengtsson talks about retail and wholesale in Europe and the issues which EuroCommerce is active in representing to decision-makers. This is all aimed at ensuring a regulatory environment which allows the sector to serve its customers with the best products at reasonable and competitive prices.
- 18 July 2016Read more
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.
- 7 July 2016Read more
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.