European Travel Retail Confederation

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Lobbying Costs

300,000€ - 399,999€

Financial year: Jan 2021 - Dec 2021

Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

2.25 Fte (3)

Lobbyists with EP accreditation


High-level Commission meetings


Lobbying Costs over the years

  • Info

    European Travel Retail Confederation   (ETRC)

    EU Transparency Register

    90905271757-87 First registered on 26 May 2009

    Goals / Remit

    The European Travel Retail Confederation (ETRC) is an industry association for the duty free and travel retail industry in Europe, serving the industry and its members to help create the right environment to allow the industry to achieve its potential and protect it when challenges arise.

    • ETRC serves to facilitate contact between members by organising seminars, conferences and meetings

    • ETRC provides tailored support programmes to members to promote the highest operating standards and responsible retailing in international travel

    • ETRC undertakes detailed research into relevant industry issues and provides actionable data relevant to members

    • ETRC communicates regularly with its members to spread awareness about the industry and the importance of duty free and travel retail for airports, airlines, ferries, cruise lines, retailers and brand owners

    • ETRC works with members to identify challenges where advocacy is required in order to safeguard the channel

    Main EU files targeted

    ETRC has been representing its members interests on all EU policy areas related to the operation of duty free and travel retail outlets in the EU and Europe for many years, including on aviation and maritime policy, customs and taxation, including travellers allowances, security, health and safety, consumer affairs, internal market and economic affairs.

    ETRC is promoting greater awareness of the uniqueness of the duty free and travel retail industry and the need to recognize it at European level. ETRC also seeks to ensure that future legislation does not hinder or damage the industry but promotes growth and innovation ultimately for the benefit for all travellers within the EU.

    The Duty Free & Travel Retail sector has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The imposition of travel restrictions across EU Member States and beyond has led to significant drops in passenger numbers in aviation and maritime transport traffic, resulting in dramatically lower turnover for travel retailers and lost sales for suppliers operating in this channel. As part of COVID recovery initiatives, ETRC is proposing to allow Arrivals Duty Free shops in the EU for travellers arriving from third countries to ensure the vitality of the channel and EU airports in the long term.

    ETRC has also been representing its members interests with regards to the growing demand for the provision of information to consumers that impacts several product categories sold in duty-free and travel retail; food, alcohol, and cosmetics. ETRC is pro-actively advocating for the recognition of the use of digital labelling and following a pilot project, has created a digital platform to provide information to consumers in duty free and travel retail, across three core categories: Food & confectionery; Alcohol beverages; and Perfumes & Cosmetics. In this context, ETRC monitors EU initiatives such as the EU Farm to Fork strategy and the wider scope of the EU Green Deal, the EU’s Beating Cancer Plan, and the EU Consumer Agenda.

    ETRC has a keen interest in the review of the Air Passenger Rights Regulation which had been held up in Council, with discussions resuming at Council level in 2019. Although welcoming the Commission’s publication of Indicative Guidelines on current air passenger rights, ETRC looks forward to the eventual adoption of the revised regulation which recognizes the right for passengers to carry their airside airport purchases on board, in addition to their baggage allowance.

    Another issue that has been the subject of intense activity with the European Institutions over the years has been associated with the problems encountered by the carriage of duty free liquids, etc. (LAGs) as a consequence of the upgraded aviation security rules adopted following the terrorist threat to trans-Atlantic aircraft in August 2006. ETRC continues to participate in the process of developing upgraded security systems that will simplify and facilitate passengers’ movement through airport security and ease the restrictions on the carriage of LAGs by travellers. ETRC also contributes to the discussions on enhancing maritime security.

    ETRC, its member associations and companies are following closely the implementation of the Tobacco Products Directive, specifically related to implications for the duty free channel as the Member States adopt the new rules in national legislation, particularly on Track & Trace requirements.


    Head Office
    Kemp House 160 City Road
    EU Office
    Kemp House 160 City Road


  • People

    Total lobbyists declared


    Employment timeLobbyists

    Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)


    Lobbyists with EP accreditation

    All Lobbyists with EP accreditation over time

    0 accreditations were / are live (in bold) for the selected state of 27 Feb 2024

    Name Start date End Date
    Ms Julie LASSAIGNE 14 Sep 2019 12 Sep 2020
    Ms Kate Norah BYRNE 14 Sep 2019 12 Sep 2020
    Mr Keith SPINKS 15 Dec 2018 14 Dec 2019
    Mr Keith SPINKS 10 Nov 2017 10 Nov 2018
    Mr Keith SPINKS 04 Nov 2016 03 Nov 2017
    Mr Keith SPINKS 04 Nov 2015 23 Oct 2016
    Mr Keith SPINKS 28 Oct 2014 24 Oct 2015
    Mr Keith SPINKS 10 Oct 2013 09 Oct 2014
    Mr Keith SPINKS 16 Oct 2012 07 Oct 2013
    Keith SPINKS 06 Mar 2012 01 Sep 2012

    Complementary Information

    ETRC activities are also supported through a specialist consultancy on public affairs and communications, Penta (former Hume Brophy Communications).

    Person in charge of EU relations

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

    Person with legal responsibility

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

  • Categories


    Trade and business associations

  • Networking


    ETRC is a founding member of the Duty Free World Council (DFWC).

    Member organisations

    None declared

  • Financial Data

    Interests represented

    Promotes their own interests or the collective interests of their members

    Closed financial year

    Jan 2021 - Dec 2021

    Lobbying costs for closed financial year

    300,000€ - 399,999€

    Major contributions in closed year

    None declared

    Intermediaries for closed year

    hume brophy 200,000€ - 299,999€

    Intermediaries for current year

    penta (former hume brophy)

    Closed year Costs

    300,000€ - 399,999€

    Other financial info

    ETRC is funded through subscriptions received from national affiliated trade associations and through membership fees from individual companies working in the duty free and travel retail trade across Europe and beyond.

    Early 2022, ETRC Corporate Members include: Shop operators: Aer Rianta International, Dufry Group, Harding Retail, Kappé International B.V., Gebr. Heinemann, Lagardère Travel Retail; Beauty and fragrances: Chanel SAS, Christian Dior Parfums, Clarins, Coty Prestige, Interparfums, La Prairie Group, L'Oréal Travel Retail, Puig, Shiseido; Confectionery and food: Ferrero, Godiva Chocolates, Hershey's, Lindt & Sprüngli, Mondelez World Travel Retail LLC, Mars International Travel Retail, Nestlé International Travel Retail SA, Perfetti van Melle; Tobacco: British American Tobacco International, Imperial Tobacco Ltd., JTI International SA, Philip Morris World Trade SA, Oettinger Davidoff AG; Wines and spirits: Bacardi Global Travel Retail Division, Beam Suntory Global Travel Retail, Bottega s.p.a., Brown Forman, Campari, Diageo Plc, Distell, Duty Free Global, Edrington, Ian Macleod Distillers , Moët Hennessy Europe, Pernod Ricard Travel Retail Europe, Remy Cointreau International, William Grant & Sons.

  • EU Structures

    Groups (European Commission)

    Excise Contact Group #E02806# #Member #C#Finance, Industry, Employees/workers#Stakeholders Advisory Group on Maritime Security #E01087# #Member #C#Industry#Stakeholders' Advisory Group on Aviation Security#X02883# #Member #C#Industry

    Groups (European Parliament)


    Communication activities

    "Implementing Duty Free Arrivals Shops: Country Case Studies", commissioned by ETRC from York Aviation, November 2022,-october-2022.pdf

    ''The Economic Impact of Arrivals Duty and Tax Free Shopping in the EU'', commissioned by ETRC from York Aviation, first published October 2020, updated February 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has created the greatest crisis the EU aviation industry has ever experienced. Introducing duty and tax free shopping on arrival is a cost-free way for EU governments to support the aviation ecosystem and to maintain airport jobs. This is a unique opportunity to level the playing field with non-EU airports and contribute to the environmental objectives of the EU Green Deal.

    The report, commissioned by ETRC from York Aviation, outlines the potential economic benefits achievable through the introduction of arrivals duty and tax free shopping at EU airports.

    DFWC Study "Economic Impact of Duty Free and Travel Retail in Europe", March 2016

    The report, which demonstrates the significant contribution that duty free and travel retail make to the European transport economy, was commissioned by the Duty Free World Council (DFWC) with the support of ETRC, and written by Dr Harry Bush CB, former Group Director Economic Regulation at the UK Civil Aviation Authority and previously Director, HM Treasury; and Daniel Storey, former senior regulator at the CAA and senior policy maker at HM Treasury.

    Duty free and travel retail has become a key component of aviation and maritime financing as well as an integral part of the travel experience for European passengers. This discretionary activity, driven by customer choice and enabled by commercial innovation, generated revenues in Europe of €15.4 billion in 2014, of which over €10 billion was generated at airports (67%) and €1.6 billion in the maritime sector (11%).

    It is therefore essential for European policy-makers to recognise that the continued vitality of this sector is not just merely beneficial for passengers’ travel experience or airports’ funding in isolation, but also underpins the provision of crucial transport infrastructure across Europe.

    Other activities

    None declared

  • Meetings


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    The list below only covers meetings held since November 2014 with commissioners, their cabinet members or directors-general at the European Commission; other lobby meetings with lower-level staff may have taken place, but the European Commission doesn't proactively publish information about these meetings. For more information about which commissioner is responsible for which portfolio, check out this link: All information below comes from European Commission web pages.

    • Date 31 Oct 2023 Location Brussels
      Subject 1) Duty free sales 2) Baggage and duty-free goods 3) Sustainability
      DG Mobility and Transport
      • Magdalena Kopczynska (Director-General)
    • Date 01 Jul 2021 Location Brussels (Teams)
      Subject EU COVID Certificate
      Cabinet Cabinet of President Ursula von der Leyen
      Portfolio President
      • Anthony Whelan (Cabinet member)
      Other Lobbyists
    • Date 01 Jul 2021 Location online meeting
      Subject Implementation Covid Certificate
      Cabinet Cabinet of Vice-President Margaritis Schinas
      Portfolio Promoting the European Way of Life
      • Maria-Myrto Kanellopoulou (Cabinet member)
      • Chris Uregian (Cabinet member)
      • Despina Spanou (Cabinet member)
      Other Lobbyists
    • Date 27 Nov 2020 Location Brussels, Belgium
      Subject Videoconference - Discussion on Excise and VAT rules
      DG Taxation and Customs Union
      • Gerassimos Thomas (Director-General)
    • Date 06 Nov 2020 Location virtual
      Subject Arrivals Duty Free
      DG Mobility and Transport
      • Henrik Hololei (Director-General)
      Other Lobbyists
    • Date 04 Sep 2019 Location Brussels
      Subject Excise and VAT Directives
      Cabinet Cabinet of Commissioner Pierre Moscovici
      Portfolio Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs
      • David Boublil (Cabinet member)
    • Date 05 Mar 2019 Location Brussels
      Subject Aviation topics
      Cabinet Cabinet of Commissioner Violeta Bulc
      Portfolio Transport
      • Joshua Salsby (Cabinet member)
    • Date 20 Jun 2018 Location Brussels
      Subject Labelling in different languages
      Cabinet Cabinet of Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis
      Portfolio Health &amp; Food Safety
      • Nathalie Chaze (Cabinet member)
    • Date 05 Nov 2015 Location Brussels
      Subject Aviation
      Cabinet Cabinet of Commissioner Violeta Bulc
      Portfolio Transport
      • Joshua Salsby (Cabinet member)
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