2018 marked the 25th anniversary of the European Single Market, but also the 25th anniversary of EuroCommerce, the principal European association representing retail and wholesale, the largest private sector employer in Europe, accounting for 10% of its GDP.
The EuroCommerce event was not just looking to celebrate retailers, wholesalers, but also the 500 million customers they serve every day, helping them to live a better, healthier and more convenient life.
EU Commissioners Elżbieta Bieńkowska and Vĕra Jourová joined the conference to speak about digital transformation, changing consumer behaviour and how to make the Single Market work better for businesses and consumers.
Retailers interact with consumers millions of times a day. A simple legal framework across Europe of consumer protection for both online and offline sales is important in building consumer trust. Retailers need a full harmonisation of consumer protection rules at a balanced and proportionate level as the only way to overcome legal fragmentation and obstacles to the free movement of goods.