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Retail agreement on waste

On 9 October 2012, retailers and retail associations from across Europe signed a voluntary agreement to help consumers reduce their waste.

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The end of interchange fees?

European Commission announces a regulation on multilateral interchange fees (MIF) in 2013. Commerce is hopeful that the era of interchange will soon come to an end.

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B2B trading practices

Launch of the Supply Chain Initiative by 7 EU level organisations in September 2013, with 82 company groups intending to register, representing 454 operating companies at national level across the EU.

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Our policy areas

  • Consumer rights

    Consumer legislation proposals must add value to consumers and provide opportunity for businesses.

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  • Corporate social responsibility

    Commerce has a long tradition of initiating and developing responsible practices.

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  • Employment and social affairs

    The commerce sector is a major reservoir of employment creation in Europe. It offers a wide range of job opportunities.

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  • Environment

    Our sector is responding to challenges to our planet by reducing its environmental footprint.

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  • European retail action plan

    To boost retail and unleash its potential for further growth, EuroCommerce has called for the launch of a European Retail Action Plan.

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  • Food, nutrition and health

    Assuring product safety and consumers’ trust in their foods is an absolute priority for the commerce sector.

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  • Internal market

    A fully functioning EU Internal Market would maximise competition between businesses and bring optimal benefits to consumers.

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  • International trade

    Commerce companies are at the heart of trade in goods and services worldwide providing consumers with products from all corners of the world.

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  • Logistics

    Commerce relies on efficient transport and logistics to move goods from their shipping points to the stores.

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  • Non-Food

    Unnecessary burdens should be prevented for businesses dealing with non-food products.

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  • Payment systems

    Europe needs an innovative payment system if merchants and consumers are to benefit from new technologies.

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  • SMEs

    The six million SMEs in the commerce sector are an essential factor in terms of economic growth and job creation.

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  • Social dialogue

    As a recognised social partner EuroCommerce is involved in a constructive social dialogue with its trade union partner UNI Europa Commerce.

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  • Supply chain

    To meet ever changing consumer demand, commerce relies on complex supply chains, including wholesalers, importers, manufacturers, processors, etc.

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  • Taxation

    Companies in commerce are crucial for tax income: they are an important taxpayer and also a major collector of VAT.

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