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On 12-13 December, Agriculture Ministers will be meeting in Brussels to discuss draft Council conclusions on farmers’ position in the food supply chain, including a call for EU-level legislation on trading practices. Retailers oppose EU-level legislation on trading practices.
EuroCommerce welcomed the proposals announced today by Commissioner Moscovici to modernise VAT in the EU as part of the Digital Single Market Strategy. EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren said:
“The existence of 28 different VAT rules in the EU makes it extremely difficult, particularly for small businesses to make the most of the Single Market and operate cross-border. Existing EU VAT legislation goes back to the 1990s when e-commerce didn’t exist, and this needs to change. We are therefore very glad that the Commission has focused on updating these for the 21st century”.
- 28 November 2016Read more
EuroCommerce welcomed many of the improvements to the Geoblocking Regulation agreed at the Competitiveness Council today, including on payments, after sales service and freedom to have different commercial offerings across channels and different countries. But it regrets that, in the rush to do a deal before the end of the year, the text does too little to meet retailers' and wholesalers' need for the legal certainty to allow businesses to sell cross-border with confidence that they are not running potentially expensive regulatory and judicial risk.
- 23 November 2016
New EU Start-up and Scale-up Initiative: completing the Single Market is the best way to allow small businesses to growRead more
EuroCommerce sees the publication of the new Commission Communication Start-up and Scale-up Initiative as a welcome contribution to creating a positive environment in Europe for start-ups and improve the prospects of those seeking to scale up their business.
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.
- 15 November 2016Read more
In conjunction with International Product Safety Week and the conference being held this week in Brussels, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren today pressed Europe’s decision-makers to look at further action on product safety, a core issue for the retail and wholesale sector. The EU should move forward on at least the most important elements of the blocked product safety package.
- 14 November 2016Read more
EuroCommerce supported Commissioner Hogan’s establishment of the Agricultural Markets Task Force, whose report was issued today. Retailers understand the difficulties faced by a number of farmers today. Europe needs an agricultural sector firmly rooted in an open market economy, able to be more responsive to market signals and ever-changing consumer demand. We can therefore support many of the recommendations from the task force aimed at, for instance greater encouragement of producer organisations, use of risk management tools and contractualisation.
- 10 November 2016Read more
EuroCommerce and UNI Europa, the recognised social partners for the retail and wholesale sector at EU level, agreed the findings of a comprehensive project at a high-level event in Brussels today. The project included research on improved employee health and safety in the retail and wholesale sector.
- 21 October 2016Read more
EuroCommerce is pressing for no further delays in ratification of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada (CETA). Today’s summit of European leaders in Brussels will be discussing how to proceed with CETA. In EuroCommerce’s view, it is the credibility of the EU’s ability to act effectively to promote free and fair trade that is at stake in this. Canada is an important trading partner, and the time has come to reflect this by ratifying and implementing CETA.
- 12 October 2016Read more
EuroCommerce held its SME day for the fifth time today, with retail and wholesale entrepreneurs highlighting the key challenges and opportunities arising from a rapidly changing market driven by digital technology and fierce competition and risks of growing protectionism in Europe.
- 28 September 2016
Goods are services in boxes: European retail and wholesale call for a trade policy response to “servicification”Read more
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.