The Union of Groups of Independent Retailers of Europe - UGAL - held its General Assembly in Helsinki on 25-26 May 2011. The meeting gathered about 50 representatives from different parts of Europe.

The special theme of the assembly was e-commerce. According to Dr. Peter Hampl, the President of the UGAL, the Union will keep a particularly close eye on the discussion concerning the proposed directive on consumer protection. The proposal includes several new provisions which will have an impact on e-commerce. UGAL considers it very important that the proposed regulation relating to product and purchase price returns will not increase the risk of malpractice.