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At a round table hosted in the European Parliament today by MEP Paolo de Castro, involving a number of MEPs, farming representatives and other stakeholders, EuroCommerce encouraged further supply chain dialogue to identify common long-term solutions in order to support farmers, and called on the European institutions to refrain from legislation on unfair trading practices.
Yesterday, the European Court of Justice confirmed that the presence of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) in products needs to be calculated at component level. In future, a washing machine will need every component in it – the hoses the drum and the pump - to have a separate calculation for its SVHC content, where before it was the overall content of the washing machine that needed to be calculated, and, where necessary, tested.
- 10 September 2015Read more
EuroCommerce was surprised and disappointed by President Juncker's comments on retailers in the text of an otherwise thoughtful State-of-the-Union address to the European Parliament yesterday.
- 13 August 2015Read more
EuroCommerce was pleased to see that the recently published report of the High-Level Group on Retail Competitiveness (HLGRC), takes on board many of the points which it has been putting as priorities for concrete action. It would like to see the group's recommendations implemented soon by the Commission, and some follow-up to the group's work considered.
"Shopping for Growth"
We are at the dawn of a new European legislature. The next five years will be critical in returning the European economy to growth and job creation. Retail and wholesale can contribute, given the right economic and policy conditions. This manifesto, "Shopping for Growth" highlights our key proposals for the next five years. With the right policy and legisative environment, our sector will respond, supporting growth and creating jobs in the European economy.
- 15 July 2015
Proposed revision of the Energy Label Directive is detrimental to distributors, industry and consumersRead more
EuroCommerce is disappointed by the European Commission’s approach to the proposed revision of the energy label framework directive. EuroCommerce supports a change in the scale, but not the cumbersome procedure the Commission has chosen.
- 22 June 2015Read more
UNI Europa Commerce and EuroCommerce today signed a pledge to raise awareness and support more quality, access and fairness in apprenticeships in retail and wholesale.
- 3 June 2015Read more
As a contribution to the discussion on circular economy, EuroCommerce, together with the European Retail Round Table, has released a report showing how retailers are reducing waste in their operations.
- 19 May 2015
EuroCommerce sees Vice-President Timmermans’ new approach to better regulation a significant step towards a more competitive EuropeRead more
EuroCommerce welcomed the new strategy on better regulation aimed at delivering better rules with better results unveiled today by Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, and in particular his approach of a policy to embrace all forms of legislation within the strategy.
- 6 May 2015
Retail and wholesale welcome Commission approach to Digital Single Market as part of wider Single Market StrategyRead more
Today the European Commission is publishing its long-awaited vision of a Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe. This is an important step, and EuroCommerce welcomes the ambition to promote the digital economy to increase Europe’s competitiveness and create new growth and jobs.
- 29 April 2015Read more
The Prime Ministers of Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands will today announce measures to work towards a common retail market. By aligning regulations, simplifying VAT and providing more information about business abroad the region hopes to make it easier for retailers and consumers to buy and sell across borders. Together the three countries will also be better placed to compete with larger Member States, and the wider international community.
- 23 April 2015Read more
EuroCommerce, representing the retail and wholesale sector in Europe, welcomed the new organisation of the Commission’s Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) announced this week.
- 14 April 2015Read more
Today, EuroCommerce is hosting a high-level conference to discuss the role of wholesale in Europe. The event, organised in cooperation with the Representation of the State of Hessen to the EU, brings together policymakers and stakeholders, and is focused on sustainability, product safety and innovation, and skills and competitiveness.
- 9 April 2015Read more
EuroCommerce- together with the main European business organisations- addressed a letter to President Juncker, Vice-President Timmermans and Commissioner Bieńkowska regarding the Small Business Act. As the review of the SBA is not included in the Commission work programme, the business community urged the Commission to come forward with an initiative to review the SBA.