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Europe’s merchants congratulate the Italian Presidency (on behalf of the Council), the Parliament and the Commission on the agreement reached last night on the Interchange Fee Regulation. The provisions agreed will bring substantial benefits to merchants and consumers across all member states and will pave the way for more competition in this most important market.
Europe’s politicians are currently considering final changes in the proposed Interchange Fee Regulation. One of these changes could allow three-party cards to gain a greater share of Europe’s market. This risks making the most expensive types of payment card into ‘must-take’ cards for merchants and so increase final prices for consumers.
- 28 November 2014Read more
EuroCommerce is delighted to announce the election of Kenneth Bengtsson as its new President at the EuroCommerce General Assembly today. Mr Bengtsson will take up his three-year mandate in March 2015.
- 27 November 2014Read more
Today EuroCommerce celebrated its third annual SME and E-Commerce Day, bringing together businesses and EU institutions to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing SMEs in an increasingly digital landscape.
"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.
- 24 November 2014Read more
EuroCommerce will emphasise the importance of digital economy at the third annual SME and E-Commerce Day to be held on Thursday (27 Nov). With over 5 million SMEs in retail and wholesale, accounting for a third of all SMEs in the EU, the sector needs to operate in a favourable regulatory environment and a well-functioning digital economy.
- 21 November 2014Read more
EuroCommerce and UNI Europa today launched the report of the European Sectoral Skills Council (ESSC) Commerce, at a conference in Brussels that concluded a year of activities looking into the importance issue of skills needs and skills anticipation for a sector that is undergoing significant change as the economy goes digital.
- 18 November 2014Read more
This week, Europe’s politicians begin trialogue talks to decide final rules on how much payment cards will cost merchants and consumers. The end goal is more competition and innovation in our payments market. The commerce sector fears that unless MEPs make crucial changes to the Council’s text, we will fail to achieve these aims.
- 30 October 2014Read more
EuroCommerce welcomes the organisation of several workshops taking place across Europe, which see Member States identify the main issues which prevent the Single Market from functioning effectively.