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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. The short videos, available here, cover
- EuroCommerce representing retail & wholesale
- EuroCommerce & retail
- EuroCommerce & wholesale
- EuroCommerce & Single Market
- EuroCommerce & Supply Chain
- EuroCommerce & International Trade
We hope that you will find these interesting and giving a useful insight into the wide range of policy areas which impact our sector.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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 .