08 November 2017
Although more and more Europeans shop online, their trust in the market outside the EU remains low. New research shows this is because consumers lack information and face difficulties when something goes wrong with a purchase on the global online market.
21 September 2017
Today, a trade agreement between Canada and the European Union enters provisionally into force. Hailed as a “modern and progressive agreement”, consumer organisations have hitherto been critical that it lacks ambition to deliver concrete consumer benefits. We think this reflects wider issues in the EU’s trade policy and make recommendations on what needs to change.
06 September 2017
Technical negotiations are about to start between the EU and Japan to fine-tune their future trade agreement. Today, Consumers Union of Japan (CUJ) and The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) sent recommendations to negotiators on how to ensure these talks lead to an EU-Japan trade deal that works for consumers.
Our work areas
Chinese toys, American cars and Tunisian shoes are just some of the products from an almost endless list that European consumers use on a daily basis. Therefore, trade policy has a big influence on our lives. Ongoing trade negotiations will affect Europe’s consumers. These will go beyond decisions on removing tariffs (possibly reducing prices of consumer goods) and potentially change the level of consumer protection when it comes to data protection, chemicals, food safety and services.
Together with our US counterparts from the Trans-Atlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) we are closely following the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) a EU-US trade deal under negotiation.
We also scrutinise the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA). This is another trade deal currently being negotiated by the EU and 22 other countries. Its objective is to make trade in services such as e-commerce, telecommunications, financial services and transport between signatory countries easier.
As consumers throughout Europe do not share the same level of awareness on these agreements, BEUC has developed communication tools in order to inform ordinary citizens on the potential benefits and risks of TTIP and TISA.