EU seeks to remove barriers to retail services within Europe

08:03, July 06, 2010      

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The European Commission Monday launched a public consultation on a report which identifies the main issues hindering development of retail services within Europe.

The Commission said in the report that the main barriers to more efficient and fairer retail services within Europe include reduced accessibility to basic retail services, scarce information on retail offers beyond local markets, slow growth of e-commerce, lack of transparency on quality labels, and unsatisfactory functioning of the retail service labour markets.

"Retail services employ nearly 18 million people in the European economy. We can create more economic growth by taking away difficulties that retail services face," said Michel Barnier, European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services.

Barnier said he is consulting widely on this report and will bring forward concrete proposals in the autumn.

Retail services account for 4.2 percent of the EU's GDP.

Source: Xinhua

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