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METRO study highlights entrepreneurial gap for independent businesses

One of METRO’s core missions is to stay close to its independent business customers and to support them with their work, specific needs and challenges. On the occasion of the 2nd Own Business Day, METRO has commissioned an international study focusing on key aspects of entrepreneurship.  

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Trade barriers in the Single Market

Study suggest companies face discriminatory measures in Single Market

In an EU-wide survey of the Centre for European Policy (cep) commissioned by METRO AG  59% of companies feel affected by discriminatory restrictions to their business in the Single Market.  

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Enjoy the Own Business Day

METRO’s global campaign for small and medium-sized businesses


Business owners –whether it’s a restaurant, the small food store around the corner or our favorite barista at the weekly market- make our lives easier and more enjoyable. To support the work of our customers –mainly small and independent business- and recognise their dedication and the role they play in our communities, our sales line METRO Cash & Carry celebrates yearly in the 35 countries where it operates the “Own Business Day”, targeting 21 million METRO professional customers. This year’s edition will take place on Tuesday, 10 October.

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News from Brussels / Week 11 - 17 September 2017

News from Brussels / Week 11 - 17 September 2017

Last Wednesday, the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his annual State of the Union Speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, where he presented his priorities for the year ahead and outlined his vision for how the European Union could evolve until 2025. Concrete initiatives on trade, investment screening, cybersecurity and industry were mentioned. Moreover, President Juncker announced that the Commission will present guidance on dual quality of products in the upcoming weeks. On Thursday, MEPs approved Sven Giegold's Report calling for more transparency in EU decision-making processes and approved new rules to mobilise investments for SMEs.

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News from Brussels / Week 04-10 September 2017

During the last week, Frans Timmermanns, first Vice-President of the Commission, called for a binding transparency register for all EU institutions. In an informal meeting in Tallinn, Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner for Agriculture, talked about the illegal abuse of the insecticide Fipronil and invited the ministers to a high-level ministerial meeting on 26 September in Brussels to discuss how to improve the way EU networks are dealing with food safety and food fraud. They also debated the risk management measures in the future Common Agricultural Policy. Besides, the Commission presented its principles on the relationship between Ireland and Northern Ireland in the Brexit negotiations on Thursday. The European Parliament's Committee on the Environment criticized the Commission's plan to mitigate controls on Japanese food and feed imports. In addition, the MEPs, especially Guy Verhofstadt and President Antonio Tajani, remain skeptical that there will be great progress in the Brexit negotiations until October. There were moreover discussions about reducing the number of parliamentarians after Brexit. The Council decided that the EU budget for 2018 should cover growth, employment, security and migration.

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News from Brussels / Week 28 August - 03 September 2017

Last week on Wednesday, the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker met with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin to discuss a number of current EU policies. During the Brexit negotiations, EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier perceived only little progress in the key issues. In addition, the feedback period for the evaluation of the feed additives directive started and MEPs called for an improvement of the information exchange system on food safety risks in response to the Fipronil scandal. On 1 September, the Association Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine entered fully into force and since Friday, new car models need to pass new and more reliable emissions tests in real driving conditions.

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