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EuroCommerce today partnered with the European Business Summit in a special session of the Summit on Tapping the Potential of the E-Commerce Market for Europe.
EuroCommerce welcomed the Advocate-General’s opinion today in the Visser case (C-31/16), that retail should be considered a service within the meaning of the Services Directive. This confirms earlier jurisprudence of the Court of Justice of the European Union, and increases legal certainty for retail businesses in the EU.
- 17 May 2017Read more
peaking ahead of the European Parliament’s adoption of a report on platforms drafted by MEPs Henna Virkunnen (EPP-FI) and Philippe Juvin (EPP-FR), EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren said:
“In the future, platforms will become a more and more important feature in the retail landscape. This will create disruption to some traditional business models, but will also offer new opportunities for innovation and scaling up. Retailers and wholesalers have transformed themselves many times over, in order to meet consumer demand, and are already embracing digital technology to provide what consumers want. But in this, it will be important that competition between bricks-and-mortar retailers, pure player e-commerce companies and platforms is fair. Any policies related to platforms should be developed in a way that helps all retailers of all sizes and channels to meet consumer demand, and which removes unjustified and unfair competitive advantages to any particular retail channel.”
- 17 May 2017Read more
Speaking after the European Parliament Plenary adopted the own-initiative report by MEP Tiziana Beghin (EFDD, IT) on the evaluation of external aspects of the customs performance and management, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren reiterated the need for customs procedures to work to support the competitiveness of the EU economy and increase the EU’s trade with third countries.
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.
- 10 May 2017Read more
Speaking ahead of consideration by EU ambassadors of the Commission proposal to provide for more effective notification of national laws under the Services Directive, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren underlined the importance for the retail and wholesale sector of a system that allows the Commission and European stakeholders to have a chance to comment on new national rules aimed at regulating services before they are adopted.
- 9 May 2017
Retail and wholesale call for further progress on a Digital Single Market to make Europe a global leaderRead more
Two years after the launch of the Digital Single Market Strategy, the European Commission issued a mid-term assessment of progress. EuroCommerce has strongly supported the strategy and the Commission’s efforts to create a truly Single Market fit for the digital age. This support continues, but the retail and wholesale sector is asking European decision-makers to create ambitious rules for the digital transformation of the European economy. In particular, Europe needs action to allow consumers and traders to make the most of the potential of a market of 500 million Europeans.