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 Europe in Brussels is the newly introduced monthly European Public Affairs e-newsletter. Each issue will set out key topics being discussed within the European Union that are likely to impact on the shopping centre industry and how ICSC is representing your interests at the highest level. We will also list meetings and events within the European Union where ICSC represents its members.
As your membership organisation representing your professional interests, we invite and welcome feedback from you on the content of this e-newsletter.
Read about the ICSC Position
"ICSC members are determined that e-commerce retailing should enhance everyone's shopping experience but that the competitiveness of the brick & mortar should not be undermined."
Bertrand Courtois Suffit
Chair of the European Public Affairs Committee
Mall & Partners
ICSC Europe Policy Updates
Since national regulations are increasingly based on policy and legislation issued in Brussels, and the retail real estate industry is becoming more international, 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 lobbying hard, within the European Union, for transparency and fairness. This won't be achieved overnight, but 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 the activities of the European Public Affairs Committee, please contact Mike Morrissey, Managing Director, ICSC Europe