Vending machine

Why eating right is an everyday challenge

Everyone is back to their pre-summer routine: back to school, back to work, back to stress. Does that mean a return to bad eating habits? It might not, if you can resist putting that sugar-laden cereal bar in your shopping...

/ September 22, 2016
Surfing the internet

Society wins as Europe moves to protect an open internet

A few days ago, European regulators issued a set of historic rules which frame the future of internet access in Europe. These rules clarify how Europe’s recent net neutrality law, a sometimes unclear text which was issued at the end...

/ September 8, 2016
Adaptive pathways

When drug approval is quick, it should not be dirty

Imagine you or a loved one have a disease. It can be treated, but only with a new medicine that is not yet available. The time it normally takes for a new drug to reach the market means it might...

/ July 25, 2016
eye make up

Did TTIP push the EU to scrap precaution on endocrine disruptors?

Last month, the European Commission broke a promise it had made to you and all other EU citizens. The promise? That the EU will not trade away the ’precautionary principle’ to strike a trade deal with the United States (known...

/ July 14, 2016
fintech

Technology to the rescue of finance?

Enter ‘Fintech’ into your favourite search engine. You will discover a whole universe of new technologies, companies and services, all set to revolutionise the way consumers manage their personal financial life. Smart apps and on-line platforms offer consumers tailored banking,...

/ June 30, 2016
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Why we must stop geo-blocking for audiovisual services

Geo-blocking is perhaps the most controversial element of the European Commission’s Digital Single Market agenda because it is about challenging a status quo. In an article recently published in POLITICO Europe, Michael Ryan, chairman of the Independent Film and Television...

/ June 24, 2016
bank notes

Why digital can’t replace cash

We live in a digital era where smartphones rule. These intelligent devices offer consumers instant and convenient access to information, services, shopping, banking and payments. So a logical question is to ask whether banknotes and coins still have a role...

/ June 16, 2016
Solar panels

Can consumers easily produce their own electricity?

For 80% of households in Europe, it would be cheaper to produce their own electricity than to purchase it from an electricity company. How? By installing solar panels. And just imagine how much cleaner the energy market would be if...

/ June 13, 2016
transfats

A trans fat-free future

You’ve probably heard of saturated fats in butter, omega 3 in fish, healthy fats in olive oil. But have you ever heard of trans fatty acids (TFAs)? Also called ‘trans fats’ [1], they can hide in processed foods such as...

/ June 9, 2016
TiSA factsheet

Why TiSA should be in the global consumer spotlight

This blog was posted by Amanda Long, Director General of Consumers International, and first appeared here. This week trade ministers from 22 countries and the EU will meet in Paris to provide political support for negotiations on the Trade in...