Programme

WORKSHOP 1

WORKSHOP 2

DAY 1 - 01 OCTOBER

09:15–09:55

WELCOME & INTRODUCTION

Explanation of the format of the day

Speaker: European Commission

09:55–11:00

‘‘RETAIL RECOVERY AND (RE)BIRTH’: HOW CAN THE RETAIL COMMUNICATION HELP AND WHY DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IT AND THE SERVICES DIRECTIVE.

Moderator: European Commission

Speakers: Representatives of two Member States

In conversation:

  • What has been learned about the retail sector as a result of the crisis?
  • What could support the recovery of the retail sector in the short-term and long term?
  • What are the steps to be taken to open a shop? A comparison of the process between two Member States
  • How can the best practices from the Communication (COM (2018)219) ‘A European retail sector fit for the 21st Century’ help retail recover?
  • What needs to be known about how the Services Directive (2006/123/EC) applies at the local level?
11:00–11:15

COFFEE BREAK

11:15-11:40

GROUP DISCUSSION – IN BREAKOUT GROUPS

Participants will discuss in virtual groups one of the following questions and prepare a question for the speakers.

  • 1. What lessons have been learned about the retail sector as a result of the crisis?
  • 2. Where could Member States focus their efforts to help the retail sector recover from the crisis in the short term and the long term?
  • 3. What differences are there between how retail is regulated in the two Member States? What are the possible advantages/disadvantages of each system?
  • 4. What could using the best practices in the Retail Communication mean in my local area? How will complying with the principles in the Services Directive benefit my local area? Why?
  • 5. What information do people need to apply the principles of the Services Directive and Retail Communication at local level?
11:40–12:35

FEEDBACK ON BREAK-OUT SESSIONS AND DISCUSSION

The spokesperson from each group will share their reflections on the questions they are allocated and present the question for the speakers.

12:35–13:00

RESPONSE TO QUESTIONS

All speakers

CLOSING THOUGHTS

Speaker: European Commission

DAY 2 - 02 OCTOBER

09:15–09:55

INTRODUCTION TO DAY 2

Explanation of the format of the day

Speaker: European Commission

09:55–10:35

‘FACING THE FUTURE’: PRACTICAL TIPS FOR THE REVITALISATION AND MODERNISATION OF THE SMALL RETAIL SECTOR

What is a holistic approach to city centre revitalisation and how to use the ‘Facing the Future’ guide, which offers practical tips on how to revitalise and modernise small retailers.

Speaker: European Commission

 

AN EXAMPLE OF A BEST PRACTICE AND ITS ADAPTATION TO THE COVID-19 CRISIS

  • The competent authority’s perspective
    Speaker: Representative from the public sector
  • The retailer’s perspective
    Speaker: Retailer representative
10:35–11:00

GROUP DISCUSSION

Participants will discuss in virtual groups one of the following questions and prepare a question for the speakers.

  • 1. What challenges did the presented initiative face as a result of the COVID-19 measures?
  • 2. How has the initiative adapted to COVID-19 measures and helped recovery?
  • 3. What are the strengths of this initiative or repurposing of an initiative, which are likely to make it successful?
  • 4. What is the next step for the initiatives? Or what could be the next step?
11:00-11:30

FEEDBACK FROM THE GROUPS

The spokesperson from each group will share their reflections on the questions they are allocated and present the question for the speakers.

11:30-11:45

COFFEE BREAK

11:45-12:10

GROUP DISCUSSION

Participants will discuss in virtual groups one of the following questions

  • 1. Do you think the initiative could work in your area? If not, why not?
  • 2. What advice can you offer the speakers from your own experience?
  • 3. What are the key things that you will take away from the discussion, which you will try to put into practice in your own setting?
12:10–12:45

FEEDBACK FROM THE GROUPS

The spokesperson from each group will share their reflections on the questions they are allocated.

12:45–13:00

RESPONSE TO QUESTIONS

All speakers

CLOSING THOUGHTS

Speaker: European Commission

DAY 1 - 20 OCTOBER

09:15–09:55

WELCOME & INTRODUCTION

Explanation of the format of the day

Speaker: European Commission

09:55–11:00

‘‘RETAIL RECOVERY AND (RE)BIRTH’: HOW CAN THE RETAIL COMMUNICATION HELP AND WHY DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IT AND THE SERVICES DIRECTIVE.

Moderator: European Commission

Speakers

  • Estonia
    Marie Allikmaa, Advisor in Trade and Services Division-Internal Market Department (Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications)
  • Luxembourg
    Laurent Solazzi, Senior Advisor-Ministry of the Economy Directorate-General for Small and Medium-Sized Classes

In conversation:

  • What has been learned about the retail sector as a result of the crisis?
  • What could support the recovery of the retail sector in the short-term and long term?
  • What are the steps to be taken to open a shop? A comparison of the process between two Member States
11:00–11:15

COFFEE BREAK

11:15-12:00

GROUP DISCUSSION – IN VIRTUAL BREAKOUT GROUPS

Participants will discuss in virtual groups one of the following questions and prepare a question for the speakers.

  • 1. What lessons have been learned about the retail sector as a result of the crisis?
  • 2. What could support the recovery of the retail sector in the short-term and long term?
  • 3. How could the procedure to open a shop in your Member State be simplified? How could the rules on the day-to-day operation of shops be simplified?
12:00-12:25

FEEDBACK ON BREAK-OUT SESSIONS AND DISCUSSION

The spokesperson from each group will share their reflections on the questions they are allocated and present the question for the speakers.

12:25–13:00

RESPONSE TO QUESTIONS

All speakers

CLOSING THOUGHTS

Speaker: European Commission

DAY 2 - 21 OCTOBER

09:15–09:55

INTRODUCTION TO DAY 2

Explanation of the format of the day

Speaker: European Commission

09:55–10:35

‘FACING THE FUTURE’: PRACTICAL TIPS FOR THE REVITALISATION AND MODERNISATION OF THE SMALL RETAIL SECTOR

What is a holistic approach to city centre revitalisation and how to use the ‘Facing the Future’ guide, which offers practical tips on how to revitalise and modernise small retailers.

Speaker: European Commission

 

AN EXAMPLE OF A BEST PRACTICE AND ITS ADAPTATION TO THE COVID-19 CRISIS

  • Flore Frédéric, Project Manager at Hub.brussels
  • Cécile Veyrié, Retail Development Consultant at Hub.brussels
10:35–11:00

GROUP DISCUSSION

Participants will discuss in virtual groups one of the following questions and prepare a question for the speakers.

  • 1. What challenges did the presented initiative face as a result of the COVID-19 measures?
  • 2. How has the initiative adapted to COVID-19 measures and helped recovery?
  • 3. What are the strengths of this initiative or repurposing of an initiative, which are likely to make it successful?
  • 4. What is the next step for the initiatives? Or what could be the next step?
11:00-11:30

FEEDBACK FROM THE GROUPS

The spokesperson from each group will share their reflections on the questions they are allocated and present the question for the speakers.

11:30-11:45

COFFEE BREAK

11:45-12:10

GROUP DISCUSSION

Participants will discuss in virtual groups one of the following questions

  • 1. Do you think the initiative could work in your area? If not, why not?
  • 2. What advice can you offer the speakers from your own experience?
  • 3. What are the key things that you will take away from the discussion, which you will try to put into practice in your own setting?
12:10–12:45

FEEDBACK FROM THE GROUPS

The spokesperson from each group will share their reflections on the questions they are allocated.

12:45–13:00

RESPONSE TO QUESTIONS

All speakers

CLOSING THOUGHTS

Speaker: European Commission