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Independent Retail Europe (formerly UGAL - Union of Groups of Independent Retailers of Europe)

Numero di identificazione nel Registro: 034546859-02
Data d'iscrizione: 25/06/2008 10:44:05

Le informazioni su questo soggetto sono state modificate il: 30/05/2014 10:56:06
Data dell'ultimo aggiornamento annuale: 30/05/2014 10:31:45

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Independent Retail Europe (formerly UGAL - Union of Groups of Independent Retailers of Europe)

a.i.s.b.l. - Association internationale sans but lucratif

    Categoria di registrazione

II - Lobbisti interni e associazioni di categoria o professionali

Associazioni di categoria, imprenditoriali o professionali


Avenue des Gaulois, 3
Casella postale: 3
1040 Bruxelles

(+32) 2 732 46 60

(+32) 2 735 86 23

    Responsabile legale

Signora  Else GROEN

Directeur Général

    Responsabile delle relazioni con l’UE

Signora  Else GROEN

Directeur Général

    Obiettivi e compiti

Established in 1963, Independent Retail Europe (formerly UGAL – the Union of groups of independent retailers of Europe) is the European association that acts as an umbrella organisation for the main groups of independent retailers in the food and non-food sectors.

Independent Retail Europe represents retail groups characterised by the provision of a support network to independent SME retail entrepreneurs; joint purchasing of goods and services to attain efficiencies and economies of scale, as well as respect for the independent character of the individual retailer.

Our members are groups of independent retailers, associations representing them as well as wider service organizations built to support independent retailers.

Independent Retail Europe represents over 358,000 independent retailers, who manage more than 560.000 sales outlets. This represents a total employment of more than 5.000.000 persons.

  • europeo
  • nazionale


Independent Retail Europe’s priorities are based on the specific needs of its members. In turn, these are defined by the special business model of independent retailers working in a group structure.

Vertical and horizontal competition rules
Certain types of agreements are indispensible to the functioning of groups of independent retailers. They have many pro-competitive effects, which undoubtedly benefit consumers. Agreements can include information exchanges, purchasing agreements, agreements on commercialisation and standardisation agreements. These agreements are of a vertical nature, whereby the central organisation acts at a different economic level of the chain compared to the independent retailers. Meanwhile, on a horizontal level, independent retailers of the same group always remain competitors. Due to this dual structure, agreements between groups of independent retailers are subject to the vertical competition Regulation and guidelines but can, depending upon the views of national competition authorities, be subject to horizontal competition guidelines as well. Independent Retail Europe seeks to heighten competition and consumer benefit by creating an optimal playing field for its members, fully in line with the vertical and horizontal competition rules.

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. In order to achieve clear, understandable rules that can easily be implemented and do not constitute an unnecessary burden on SME retailers, Independent Retail Europe is working on the clarification of the obligations of economic actors – especially of distributors.

Food safety
Independent Retail Europe has a number of members active in food retail. Our members believe that it is essential to ensure safe supply chains and high levels of consumer welfare. As such we are active on all food safety issues, particularly with regard to distributors obligations.

One way in which independent/SME retail entrepreneurs can reach their full potential whilst remaining independent is by joining a group of independent retailers. Therefore, Independent Retail Europe works on achieving political recognition for the group business model for independent/SME retail, as a promoter of entrepreneurship and sustainable growth.

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. Independent Retail Europe is working to ensure that when it is implemented, the actions contained in the action plan benefit, and reflect the needs of, groups of independent retailers.

Business to business 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. Independent Retail Europe is a founding organisation of the Supply Chain Initiative, a voluntary framework that seeks to ensure fair behaviour between different sectors in the food supply chain and sets down obligations (such as training requirements, information requirements and dispute resolution requirements) for those who sign up to it.

SME policy
Independent Retail Europe member groups are composed of, or provide services to, independent SME retailers. Therefore, it is one of Independent Retail Europe’s priorities to be involved in SME policy discussions in order to ensure that the interests of independent SME retailers are taken into consideration.

Circular economy
Retailers work with many linked sectors and complex supply chains. As such we follow EU policy on the circular economy, waste, energy and resource efficiency, etc.

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    Persone accreditate che possono accedere ai locali del Parlamento europeo

Nome Cognome Data d'inizio Data di conclusione
Elisabeth FREIIN VON REITZENSTEIN 12/03/2014 10/03/2015
Ravi BHATIANI 11/03/2014 07/03/2015
Ariane CARRÉ 11/03/2014 07/03/2015

    Settori di interesse

  • Affari economici e finanziari
  • Affari generali ed istituzionali
  • Ambiente
  • Concorrenza
  • Consumatori
  • Imprese
  • Mercato interno
  • Occupazione e affari sociali
  • Sicurezza alimentare
  • Società dell'informazione
  • Tassazione

    Appartenenza e affiliazione

    Dati finanziari

06/2013  -  05/2014

675.800 €

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L'entièreté du montant de chaque budget annuel étant affectée à l'objet social de l'association, ce montant est à considérer comme représentant les coûts liés aux activités de représentation d'intérêts.

Budget 2014 : 675.800 €
Les revenus proviennent exclusivement des cotisations des membres.

    Codice di condotta

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