ICSC Priorities and Issues

Current ICSC Europe Priorities include but are not limited to the European Retail Action Plan, multi-channel retailing, energy efficient buildings, freedom of establishment, sustainable construction and finance and investment.

ICSC Europe in Brussels

ICSC works in Brussels to represent the interest of the industry. ICSC members receive a monthly newsletter 'ICSC in Brussels' which describes current European policy issues which may impact the shopping Centre industry. Learn more about joining ICSC and member benefits!

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ICSC Position

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"ICSC members have devoted much time and energy to the Retail Action Plan and it’s made a big difference as to how our industry is perceived within the European Union. As a result, ICSC Europe is now firmly on the EU’s agenda, our expertise and policy input are recognised by those in power in Brussels and we will continue to build on that solid foundation with the help of EPAC members."

Peter Wilhelm
Chair of the European Public Affairs Committee
Wilhelm & Co

ICSC Europe Policy and Public Affairs

ICSC's European Public Affairs Committee actively engages with the European institutions, to ensure that the industry is up to date on the latest legislative and policy developments. ICSC is committed to maintaining a clear and coherent voice on behalf of our members at the heart of Europe.


Retail creates more jobs than any other industry sector (in Europe it is estimated that one out of every twelve jobs is in retail). ICSC's European Public Affairs Committee welcomes e-commerce as a vital platform for retailer growth but ICSC members, including retailers, retail developers and shopping centre owners, recognise that e-commerce alone will not deliver retail growth ambitions, and a physical presence in a vibrant retail shopping area is essential to build brand loyalty and increase sales.

The European Union cannot ignore the benefits that shopping centres bring to localities, including tax revenues, employment, regeneration and key infrastructure investment. Without investment, a vibrant city centre can quickly become a wilderness and communities become fragmented.

ICSC European Public Affairs Committee is working with the European Union to bring about transparency and fairness. The committee has already accomplished a great deal of EU-awareness for the industry. The e-commerce issue must be tackled strongly in order to maintain local and national economies, employment and retail diversity.


Retailers in Europe are in an exceptional position to promote more sustainable consumption through daily contact with millions of European consumers and through their own actions and partnerships with suppliers. The retail property sector plays a key role in this by providing innovative and effective solutions to green challenges in the store environment.

In order to ensure that the contribution of the sector is recognised and that new regulation does not impose too much additional cost without meeting its environmental goals, ICSC is closely involved in the on-going debate at EU level on issues such as the EU eco label for buildings, energy efficiency and sustainable constructions.

ICSC is also a member of the EU Retail Forum for Sustainability, which includes retailers such as Asda, Carrefour, Tesco, Ikea, El Corte Ingles, Metro Group, Inditex and C&A as well as commission officials. ICSC actively participates in discussions, debates and meetings in Brussels to further the sustainability agenda while ensuring that responsibilities are fairly and broadly spread across the sector.

For more information on Policy and Public affairs activities, please contact

Iffat Memon, European Public Affairs Manager

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