22 September 2016
A broad group of civil society and consumer organisations as well as trade unions call on the EU’s trade ministers to reject the signature of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada . The trade ministers are gathering in Bratislava today and tomorrow to discuss the ratification of the CETA agreement.
21 September 2016
The e-commerce, financial services and telecoms texts of the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) have recently been leaked. The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) concludes that these texts are unlikely to lead to a good deal for consumers.
13 July 2016
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 Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), an 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.
- Ensure trade negotiations are conducted in a spirit of openness. Secret negotiations are unfit for 21st century trade agreements
- Make society and consumers the focus of trade deals. Governments should invest more to identify how citizens can benefit from trade policy
- Maintain the EU’s ability to adopt more ambitious public policy laws in the future, regardless of its commitments in trade agreements