3 June 2015
Think Small First:
RGDATA attends EU debate on importance of independent shops
RGDATA Director General Tara Buckley represented the interests of Irish independent family owned shops and supermarkets at a special debate in Brussels organized by MEP Dennis De Jong and Independent Retail Europe.
MEP de Jong called on the retail groups present to give him a practical “shopping list” of things the EU needs to do to assist independent shops to compete and survive in the competitive EU marketplace.
Topics covered included better regulation for smaller independent shops; how groups of independent retailers can face the challenge of online retail; and what the EU regulators are doing to assist smaller retailers.
Contributors to the debate included representatives from the EU Commission; the UK’s Better Regulation Delivery Office, MEP de Jong and representatives from independent retail associations and Independent Retail Europe.
Retail and business representatives presented practical information to the EU commission representatives on the how the burden of EU regulation impacts on small independent businesses. There were also short presentations on some of the tools being used to assist SMEs to be compliant with business regulations.
“RGDATA will certainly contribute some key points to MEP de Jong’s shopping list,” Tara Buckley said after the meeting. “The revival of rural town centres and the survival of locally owned shops are key issues throughout the EU. The Commission needs to adopt policies and regulations that contribute to their survival and must stop adding to the red tape burden for SMEs.”
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