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

Inschrijvingsnummer in het register: 034546859-02
Inschrijvingsdatum: 25/06/2008 10:44:05

Deze gegevens werden voor het laatst gewijzigd op: 04/02/2015 15:26:05
De laatste jaarlijkse update vond plaats op: 04/02/2015 15:26:05
Volgende actualisering uiterlijk op: 04/02/2016

    Inschrijver: Organisatie of zelfstandige

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

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

    Inschrijvingscategorie

II - In-huis-lobbyisten en handels-, bedrijfs- en beroepsverenigingen

Handels- en bedrijfsverenigingen

    Contactgegevens

Avenue des Gaulois, 3
Postbus: 3
1040 Bruxelles
BELGIË

(+32) 2 732 46 60

    Wettelijk verantwoordelijke

Mevrouw  Else GROEN

Directeur Général

    Contactpersoon voor EU-zaken

Mevrouw  Else GROEN

Directeur Général

    Doelstellingen en taken

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 363,000 independent retailers, who manage more than 556,000 sales outlets. This represents a total employment of more than 5,500,000 persons.

  • Europees
  • nationaal

    Onder het register vallende activiteiten

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.

Entrepreneurship
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.


 

Member of the High Level Forum for a Better Functioning Food Supply Chain

Member of the Advisory Group on the Food Chain and Animal and Plant Health

Nee

Nee

Nee

    Aantal personen dat betrokken is bij de hierboven vermelde activiteiten

100%: 5  

5

5

    Geaccrediteerd voor toegang tot de gebouwen van het Europees Parlement

Voornaam Achternaam Begindatum Einddatum
Elisabeth FREIIN VON REITZENSTEIN 11/02/2015 06/02/2016
Ravi BHATIANI 11/02/2015 04/02/2016
Ariane CARRÉ 11/02/2015 05/02/2016

    Interessegebieden

  • Algemene en bestuurszaken
  • Belastingen
  • Concurrentie
  • Consumentenzaken
  • Economische en financiële zaken
  • Informatiemaatschappij
  • Interne markt
  • Milieu
  • Ondernemingen
  • Veiligheid van de voedselvoorziening
  • Werkgelegenheid en sociale zaken

    Lidmaatschap en aangesloten organisaties

    Financiële gegevens

01/2014  -  12/2014

675.800 €

Geen geld ontvangen van de EU-instellingen in het meest recente afgesloten boekjaar

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.

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Door zich in te schrijven heeft de organisatie ingestemd met de gedragscode van het transparantieregister.