Full harmonisation of consumer protection rules are needed to allow everyone to benefit from the Single Market
On the occasion of today’s World Consumer Rights Day, EuroCommerce is calling for harmonising rules on consumer guarantees and contracts for the online and offline sale of goods. Indeed, the EU still has a long way to go to fully harmonise consumer protection rules and to adapt these to the digital age.
EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren today set out retailers’ and wholesalers’ vision of the supply chain following a statement by the representatives of producers, processors and big, global brands.
“We agree fully with the objective of a fair, transparent, sustainable food supply chain that benefits all actors, including consumers. Where we differ from the organisations claiming to promote this, is how to achieve it: to benefit farmers and SMEs, we need structural measures to make them more competitive and able to adapt to rapid changes in consumer demand. EU regulation aimed at outlawing certain trading practices will do nothing for farmers or SME suppliers. Such regulation will reduce competition, with the consumer paying even more for their food, to the benefit of large manufacturers whose net margins dwarf those of any other part of the supply chain.”
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EuroCommerce announces its inaugural partnership with the World Retail Congress1 (WRC), taking place on 17-19 April, in Madrid. The congress brings together a wide range of leaders from across the retail industry to discuss the future of global retailing. The partnership will leverage the reach and business intelligence which both sides can bring to the table to establish an outstanding programme and create unique networking opportunities together.
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The Supply Chain Initiative (SCI) has revised its Rules of Governance and Operations to incorporate the role of the recently appointed independent Chair and to strengthen the dispute resolution mechanism.
The signatory associations of the Supply Chain Initiative (SCI) have revised its Rules of Governance and Operations following the appointment of Mr Michael Hutchings as the independent Chair of the SCI in October 2017.
EuroCommerce Narrative on Retail and Wholesale in a changing world…
The world is changing rapidly. Retailers and wholesalers have repeatedly shown how resilient and adaptive they are, and are moving ahead with embracing this change, providing value to customers, suppliers, and society at large. This great story is worth telling – both to the sector and to the wider world. And the story needs to say clearly what we want from the EU and from national governments to make our sector sustainably competitive.
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EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren today warned of the severe consequences of any trade war arising from US President Donald Trump’s announcement that he was minded to impose significant tariffs on steel and aluminium imports. Verschueren supported the EU standing firm against such measures, which would directly affect his members trading globally, and warned of the dangers to the world economy of a global trade war, which Trump’s actions could easily spark.
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The European Parliament Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) Committee is voting today on harmonising rules on consumer guarantees and contracts for the online and offline sale of goods. The IMCO text reflects a political compromise and harmonises the length of legal guarantees at two years. Member States may keep their existing rules, but not extend them. This means that countries such as Sweden with 3 years, or the Netherlands with a product-lifespan-proportional period, may keep these, but not revise them upwards.