Greener than green: high time to stop greenwashing

Concerns about the environment and the future of our planet are increasingly growing. In the latest Eurobarometer survey, the climate crisis is listed by EU citizens as the most serious problem the world is currently facing, and this in spite...

/ December 2, 2021

The price of bad advice: putting a stop to conflicts of interests in financial advice

This week, civil society organisations and industry associations are organising the first ever Europea Retirement Week, dedicated to discussing the future of pensions in Europe. This is a good opportunity for BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation, to remind policymakers that...

/ November 29, 2021
Online ads tracking consumers

Why it’s time to ban surveillance ads

It’s the name of a forty-year-old hit that still holds huge popular appeal today. Every Breath You Take became The Police’s signature track, despite the creepy lyrics about a disturbingly possessive person who watches their lover’s every step. It’s also...

and / November 15, 2021

Making the Digital Markets Act work for consumers – BEUC’s take on Member States position

If you’ve considered leaving WhatsApp, but felt your hands were tied because all the people you know use it, the Digital Markets Act could well be what you were hoping for. It could be a real game-changer for consumers. The...

/ October 29, 2021

How one-stop shops could help consumers take the home renovation plunge: some food for thought from North Macedonia

For the second in our mini-series of blogs on sustainable housing, Marijana Lonchar-Velkova and Sanja Popovska-Vasilevska from the Consumers’ Organisation of Macedonia (COM), from North Macedonia, explain how the Balkan nation is making efforts to boost the energy efficiency of...

Electric cars and climate action: it’s also about payment and pricing

Electric cars can play a major role in decarbonising road transport, but only with easy payment and comparable pricing to make them more convenient to charge, BEUC Director General Monique Goyens writes.

/ October 11, 2021

Post-Covid world: new consumer realities policy makers must address

This blog reflects the speech delivered by Monique Goyens at an event marking the 30th anniversary of the Consumers and Environment category of the European Economic and Social Committee, on 1 October 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic has been for many...

/ October 6, 2021

Why the Android antitrust case matters to consumers

Today, the vast majority of mobile phones in Europe run on Android, Google’s operating system. In addition, Google Search is the dominant search engine, used by millions of consumers daily to access goods, services, and information on the web. Part...

/ October 1, 2021

‘All roads lead to Rome’ in the green transition; but we may need to build new ones

A well-known proverb says, ‘all roads lead to Rome,’ meaning an outcome can be reached by many methods or ideas. In European policy making, sustainable lifestyles must become our Rome: the aspired-to destination to which all roads must go. While...

/ September 23, 2021

High electricity prices? It’s time to accelerate the energy transition

Consumers are facing significant rises in their energy bills. Here's how we move forward

/ September 16, 2021