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Coronavirus: Non-food retailers face major crisis

Speaking today, EuroCommerce Director-General called for non-food retailers to be added to the EU list of hardest-hit sectors:

“We fully support national governments’ decisions to take urgent measures to protect all Europe’s citizens as far as possible from the spread of COVID-19. Rightly so, the focus hitherto has been to protect health and ensure access to food and other daily essentials. But we need to start looking at the economic fallout of the pandemic as well.”

In anticipating the economic consequences of the pandemic, the European Commission has produced helpful guidance and proposed measures – in their communication last week (COM (2020) 112) on the response to COVID-19 – to help the EU economy overcome the substantial disruption and damage. The communication was, however, written before a large number of member states imposed severe restrictions on the opening of shops selling non-food items, and therefore did not include it in those sectors it identified as being hard hit.

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Retailers and wholesalers warn of dangers from direct consumer imports

Speaking today on the occasion of the International Product Safety Week, Christian Verschueren, Director-General of EuroCommerce said:

“Our members are deeply worried at the influx of dangerous products sold by unscrupulous non-EU manufacturers and sellers, directly targeting EU customers. These products are not subject to any controls and can cause serious harm to consumers. They also represent unfair competition to responsible EU producers, importers and retailers who work hard to ensure that their products are safe and meet EU standards. Any new regulation has to reflect this new reality and help national authorities in responding appropriately to these threats. Rogue traders who deliberately bring non-compliant products into the EU should be stopped and punished.”

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Retailers and wholesalers call for decisive EU action on product safety

In conjunction with International Product Safety Week and the conference being held this week in Brussels, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren today pressed Europe’s decision-makers to look at further action on product safety, a core issue for the retail and wholesale sector. The EU should move forward on at least the most important elements of the blocked product safety package.

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Origin Labelling

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Consumer Product Safety & Market Surveillance Package

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