ICSC: International Council of Shopping Centers

Public Affairs

ICSC European Public Affairs

ICSC is committed to maintaining a coherent voice on behalf of our members at the heart of Europe and actively engages with the European institutions and stakeholders. Our European public affairs work is overseen by the ICSC European Public Affairs Committee (EPAC) which engages with the European institutions to advocate on behalf of ICSC members and provides a voice for the retail real estate industry in Brussels. EPAC members meet quarterly in Brussels. The Committee’s remit is to:

  • Act as an industry champion by raising the profile of ICSC Europe and its members amongst MEPs, Commission officials and industry stakeholders.
  • Lead the debate on policy issues arising from the European Union which impact the retail real estate industry.
  • Raise awareness of the economic contribution of shopping centres and the retail real estate industry.
  • Monitor EU legislation and provide timely policy guidance to our members.
  • Represent the sector at major events in Brussels.

The public affairs issues include but are not limited to the European Retail Action Plan, multi-channel retailing, energy efficient buildings, freedom of establishment, sustainable construction and finance and investment.

Find out more about the European Public Affairs Committee


Retail Development in Historic Cities: Experience and Lessons of Urban Revitalization and Community Making

Modern retail developments are about much more than shopping. They are focal points for local communities and, thanks to the jobs and infrastructure they create, increasingly serve as vectors for the regeneration of urban areas, including historic city centres.

Through its projects in two UNESCO World Heritage cities – Lviv in Ukraine and Yaroslavl in the Russian Federation – the EBRD has gained expertise in developing retail centres in historic urban areas, in addition to its extensive experience of supporting retail projects in other cities throughout the Bank’s region of operations.

Now this expertise is available for others to use thanks to a new report that sets down some of the key findings from the Bank’s experiences in Lviv, Yaroslavl and other cities. The report, which was funded by the EBRD Shareholder Special Fund, also features examples of successful retail development projects financed by other agencies.

Click here to read the full report.




European Real Estate Forum

ICSC is part of the European Real Estate Forum, an alliance of organisations with an interest in institutional investment in European real estate, including investors, fund and asset managers,  property professionals and property companies.

Find out more about the European Real Estate Forum