On 7 December 2021, the European Commission and the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU held a virtual workshop on the green and digital transformation of small retailers, focusing on their role in rural areas.
It was an opportunity to exchange best practices between the different actors in the retail ecosystem and discuss how small retailers have been able to overcome the challenges of the COVID crisis and how they can build resilience for the future.
In October 2020, the Commission hosted two virtual workshops that examined what needs to be addressed for the retail sector (and in particular for small retailers), what may have been learned during the COVID-19 crisis, and what is needed in the short and long term to recover and build resilience.
A series of workshops in 2019 explored the ideas in the Guide for revitalising and modernising the small retail sector. Watch the recordings of the workshops in Brussels, Madrid, Vienna or Bucharest.