SME Chamber

New Director General for Euro Commerce. GRTU salutes Xavier R. Durieu and welcomes Christian Verschu

 Xavier's last message: "As I am leaving Euro Commerce, I would like to warmly thank you for the dedicated support you gave me as CEO of Euro Commerce over the past 10 years.Over the last 10 years, we have managed at Euro Commerce to meet most of the objectives that were set for us. The image of Euro Commerce has greatly improved and it is a fact that Euro Commerce is nowadays regularly consulted by EU Institutions as the voice of commerce on a wide range of issues affecting the sector.


Over the past 10 years, many organisations have joined Euro Commerce and we have doubled the number of direct company members. We have worked hard to keep the balance between the interests of the components of the sector -retail, wholesale, international trade sectors, large and small companies. I am particularly proud to have been part of this evolution.

I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with fabulous people in outstanding organisations. Your valuable contributions, the constructive cooperation that we were able to achieve as well as your respect and support for the work of the management and the team were key to make Euro Commerce a well established and recognised organisation in Brussels present on all issues -both technical and political- of relevance to the commerce sector.

To all of you I wish to say a big thank you.  I will go back to the issues on which I worked before joining Euro Commerce: the turnaround of companies and venture capital. I will also pursue the fight against Visa and Mastercard interchange fees, but this time by helping national members to get the full benefit of the Brussels decisions for domestic cards transactions.

If you wish to contact me in the future, my new e-mail is

One final comment: I wish to pay a special tribute to my colleagues at EuroCommerce: they are an incredibly talented and dedicated team – our sector is lucky to have them. No doubt that under Christian's leadership, they will reach – with your help – new heights.

My best wishes to them, to you and to Euro Commerce."

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