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Speaking at the German Retail World conference in Berlin today attended by Chancellor Merkel and Vice-Chancellor Gabriel, EuroCommerce President Kenneth Bengtsson called upon governments of all EU member states to take concrete action to make the EU single market a reality.
EuroCommerce was pleased overall to see the proposals in the Single Market Strategy launched today by the European Commission. Quick and decisive action is now needed to implement these initiatives to encourage job creation, growth and consumer choice.
- 12 October 2015Read more
EuroCommerce and JA Europe today presented a joint report to the Commission and several members of the European Parliament showcasing good practice and cooperation between education and business to boost entrepreneurship education in 10 European countries. Over the last few years, several EuroCommerce members worked with national JA organisations on a number of education initiatives delivered by teachers and 3,000 business volunteers from retail organisations. Involving numerous schools and several hundreds of thousands of students across Europe, the initiatives have sought to enhance their entrepreneurial skills, attitudes and knowledge.
- 8 October 2015
Retail and wholesale want ambitious plans and urgent action to break down barriers in EU Single MarketRead more
The European Commission this week had a further discussion on the elements to be included in its forthcoming internal market strategy. EuroCommerce is pleased to see the priority given by all Commissioners to boosting a single market, where consumers are free to shop around for the best quality, price and service, and where retailers can set up shop anywhere and deal with simple and objective rules and harmonised product requirements. We will be looking for these positive messages to be translated into concrete action to break down barriers in the single market caused by diverging and insufficient implementation and enforcement and discriminatory laws.
"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.
- 8 October 2015Read more
Ninety-nine percent of the 5.5 million retail or wholesale businesses are small-and-medium enterprises. Many of them are the lifeblood of our cities and villages. In the digital age, with technological disruption and changing shopper behaviour, opportunities for new businesses arise; existing SMEs have to seize these new opportunities and adapt. City councillors also have to ensure that urban planning is conducted in a smart and future-oriented way, involving all stakeholders and stimulating public-private partnerships.
- 16 September 2015Read more
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.
- 11 September 2015Read more
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.
- 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.