Even though the new European Commission will start later than originally planned and most of the conversation in the EU bubble seem to be focusing on the possible next plot-twist in the Brexit saga, European representatives of the digital and retail sectors are preparing for what will certainly be five intense years in terms of new EU (legislative) initiatives. In this vibrant “back-to-school” environment, Ecommerce Europe continues to build on successful cooperation with the wider stakeholders and gears up for the new EU mandate.
Last week, Ecommerce Europe attended an industry exchange with the start-up ecosystem as part of Allied for Startups’ Annual Summit to present the scope of our work, our priorities for the upcoming years and exchange best practices and best ways to cooperate with other European associations on upcoming initiatives. In the evening, Makis Savvidis from our Greek national association, GRECA, joined the Brussels team of Ecommerce Europe for the Annual Dinner of Allied for Startups, with Greek MEP Eva Kaili as special guest, who delivered a speech on the upcoming regulatory challenges, such as in the field of Artificial Intelligence.
Ecommerce Europe also had the opportunity to be represented by Alexandre Nilo Fonsesca, President of our Portuguese association ACEPI, during a panel discussion on the digitalization of SMEs organized by METRO and EuroCommerce. The discussion between industry representatives and policymakers shed light on various successful initiatives to digitalize small and micro-companies as well as remaining challenges that can be addressed at EU level, whether it is through a regulatory or financial approach.
Today, Ecommerce Europe takes the discussion to Lisbon, for the Portugal Digital Summit ’19, organized by ACEPI. In particular, on 23 October there will be a panel discussion moderated by Ecommerce Europe’s Director of EU Public Affairs, Luca Cassetti, called “e-Logistics: fueling e-commerce growth in Europe”. João Cadete de Matos, Chairman of the European Regulators Group for Postal Services (ERGP) will be a panelist together with Alexandre Nilo Fonseca, as Chairman of Ecommerce Europe e-Logistics Working Group, Walter Trezek in his capacity of Chairman of the UPU Consultative Committee, and Jaco Voorspuij, Senior Manager Transport and Logistics at GS1 Global Office. On the same occasion, ACEPI is kindly hosting the next meeting of the e-Logistics Working Group of Ecommerce Europe.