Call for applications for the High Level Group on Retail Competitiveness
Call for applications with a view to selecting members of the High Level Group on Retail Competitiveness . The High Level Group should assist the Commission in developing policies to improve the long-term competitiveness of the EU retail sector. Deadline for applications: 23 July 2013.
Communication setting up a European Retail Action Plan
On 31 January 2013 the Commission adopted a “Communication setting up a European Retail Action Plan”. This Communication proposes actions to achieve a single market in retail by addressing the key obstacles that hinder the smooth functioning of this sector. It will enhance the economic, environmental and social performance of the retail sector and ensure that it fully contributes to the goals of the Europe 2020 Strategy. As part of this Action Plan, the Commission is also adopting a Green Paper on unfair trading practices in the business-to-business food and non-food supply chain in Europe.
Green Paper on unfair trading practices in the business-to-business food and non-food supply chain in Europe
Unfair trading practices in the food and non-food supply chain have a detrimental effect on the whole EU economy as they affect companies’ (especially SMEs’) ability to invest and innovate. This Green Paper makes an initial assessment of the problems posed by unfair trading practices in business-to-business relationships along the retail supply chain, including the lack of efficient enforcement of existing national rules and the resulting impact on the Single Market.
The objective of the Green Paper is to launch a consultation with stakeholders on this analysis and to identify possible next steps in addressing the problem. All interested parties are invited to submit their views in response to the questions contained in this Green Paper. Contributions should be sent by 30.04.2013 at the latest.
Towards an European Retail Action Plan - Workshops
The aim of the workshops is to bring together interested parties to discuss the future of retail services in Europe and the need for a European Retail Action Plan. The Commission services intend to analyse the main problem issues in the Retail Sector and identify the respective actions required to address these issues.
Workshop 1 – 3 February 2012
Workshop 2 – 2 March 2012
Workshop 3 – 30 March 2012
Report on the consultation on unfair business to business trading practices
A questionnaire was submitted to companies through the "European Business Test Panel" (EBTP), with the aim to capture businesses’ perceptions of unfair trading practices and to find out whether they sought redress when they were exposed to such practices.
Report from the European Parliament on a more efficient and fairer retail market
Rapporteur: Anna Maria Corazza Bildt
Report on barriers hampering more efficient and fairer retail services in Europe
An efficiently operating, competitive EU retail sector, able to work and source across borders, is essential for the achievement of the EU single market.
On 5 July 2010 the Commission adopted a Report “Towards more efficient and fairer retail services in the internal market for 2020”. The report and the accompanying Commission staff working document provide factual and comprehensive analysis of the entire sector so as to identify possible market malfunctioning.
In this report the Commission:
- Analyses the functioning of the entire retail chain from suppliers to consumers by accounting for all the relevant policy objectives be they competitiveness, social, environmental, consumers.
- Identifies a series of issues which may prevent the retail sector realising its full potential.
- Invites all interested parties to provide their views on the identified problems.
- Press release (05.07.2010)
- Retail market monitoring report “Towards more efficient and fairer retail services in the internal market for 2020”
- Commission staff working document on retail services in the internal market accompanying the Report on Retail Market Monitoring
A public consultation on the report has been launched to determine the Commission's policy priorities that will be set out in the Single Market Act. The consultation closed on 10 September 2010.
In April 2009 the European Commission launched a questionnaire in order to collect qualitative information about problems arising from current national regulatory conditions that apply to retail services across the Member States, and the efficiency of these rules in meeting their underlying public interest objectives. This consultation was closed on 05 June 2009.
The Communication on Food prices in Europe
Between 2007 and summer 2008 the prices of agricultural products such as cereals and milk increased at an exceptionally high speed. This price increase was largely reflected in higher prices for food. As a result the purchasing power of the average European household declined by around 1%, with low income household being hit even harder. In light of this, the European Council asked the European Commission to investigate the causes of this surge in food prices.
In December 2008 the Commission adopted a Communication on Food Prices in Europe.