1. Business-to-Business unfair trading practices Independent Retail Europe members are the final link in the supply chain to consumers and will be affected by the policy outcomes of discussions related to supply chain behaviour.
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  2. Official Controls of Food and Feed As fees (potentially to be paid by supply chain operators) can be significant for groups of independent retailers, Independent Retail Europe advocates that Member States should adopt fee systems that are fair and affordable.
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  3. Horizontal and vertical operational flexibilty Certain types of agreements are indispensible to the functioning of groups of independent retailers. They have many pro-competitive effects, undoubtedly benefitting consumers.
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  4. Product Safety Members of Independent Retail Europe are deeply committed to ensuring that only safe products are on the market. This is essential for their relationships with customers and their reputation.
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  5. European Retail Action Plan In its European Retail Action Plan, the European Commission acknowledges the importance of groups of independent retailers in the EU retail market.
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  • MITTELSTANDSVERBUND invites to PEAK SME Summit 2014

    Registrations are still possible for the PEAK summit kindly hosted by our German member association DER MITTELSTANDSVERBUND - ZGV on 6 and 7 May in Berlin. Independent Retail Europe Director General Else Groen will give an overview of the current situation in Brussels. Please click here for programme and registration form. 

     

  • Recent EP vote: Explicit support for groups of independent retailers

    The European Parliament’s plenary session (on 11 December) confirmed the decision of its Internal Market and Consumer Affairs Committee (IMCO) and adopted the report by MEP de Jong on the European Retail Action Plan.This is the first report in the history of the European Parliament that explicitly calls on the European Commission to show support for groups of independent retailers, as well as independent retailers.

Did you know?

  • Did you know that Independent Retail Europe celebrated its 50th birthday this year?