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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.
Proposed revision of the Energy Label Directive is detrimental to distributors, industry and consumers
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.
"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.
- 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.
- 26 March 2015Read more
Today, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren welcomed the launch by the Commission of its portal aimed at helping EU businesses looking to sell online; ‘The 10 things you need to know when doing business online’.
- 26 March 2015Read more
EuroCommerce has noted Commissioner Vestager’s announcement today of her intention to launch a sector enquiry on e-commerce.
- 25 March 2015
EuroCommerce supports the Commission’s Digital Single Market priorities but calls for “home state” rules for tradersRead more
Today, the European Commission unveiled the main pillars of its Digital Single Market (DSM) Strategy. EuroCommerce welcomes this vision to create a truly Single Market fit for the digital age. While recognising how complex the challenges are, we encourage the Commission to put forward ambitious rules that will not only open the markets for consumers but also remove barriers for businesses. EuroCommerce has long campaigned for harmonised consumer protection rules, as well as simplified VAT arrangements, more ICT investments and promotion of digital skills. We are happy to see that the Commission will take actions in these areas.
- 5 March 2015
EuroCommerce wants effective social dialogue to address the challenges and opportunities of the digital economyRead more
Speaking today at the European Commission High-Level Conference on a New Start for the Social Dialogue, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren underlined the contribution that social dialogue in the retail and wholesale sector can make to equipping Europe for innovation and the digital single market.