A map of the UK and Nothwestern Europe. Containers bearing British and EU flags float above the map, showcasing trade between the two partners.

EU-UK divorce deal: What (not) to replicate in future EU trade policy

While the EU-UK trade & cooperation deal is a very specific one, building on a formerly integrated consumer market, wider EU trade policy can draw lessons from it.

/ April 28, 2021

Air pollution hot spots revealed by consumer groups in Lithuania, Poland and Slovakia

Long-term exposure to nitrogen oxide (NO2) in certain areas raises numerous questions, a citizen science project by BEUC members in Slovakia, Lithuania and Poland shows. At a time when the European Commission is about to present its Zero Pollution Action...

/ February 26, 2021

EU proposals to shape the digital landscape, a step forward for consumers

Just as the European Parliament and the EU’s Council of Ministers are gearing up to begin their scrutiny of the European Commission’s December 2020 proposals for a Digital Services Act (DSA) and a Digital Markets Act (DMA), it is timely...

/ February 22, 2021

Use price to change our transport habits

We can clean up our mobility system without it feeling like an uncomfortable sacrifice. This requires fair price signals and incentives that make sustainable transport options affordable and attractive.

, and / October 30, 2020

Shifting heat: how to get consumers on board the energy transition

In September, the European Commission announced plans to raise its 2030 EU-wide greenhouse gas reduction target, from 50% to 55%. For energy consumers, the biggest change will be in how we heat our homes, with a big shift away from...

/ October 29, 2020

Research is for the people: but where are the people?

A few weeks ago, the European research community held its annual powwow with the European Research and Innovation (R&I) Days, organised by the Commission’s Directorate-General in charge of research. The event gathered (virtually) more than 20,000 participants. It was an...

/ October 16, 2020

Green labels: which ones can you trust?

Many of us have gone through quite a few changes this year. Among them is people’s accelerated take-up of more climate-friendly habits. Bike sales have skyrocketed, demand for organic food has risen, and many among us chose to travel closer to home over summer. This is good news on the climate front,...

/ October 8, 2020

Why we need to take the COVID supply chain debate sector by sector

The COVID crisis has led to debates on whether to ‘reshore’ our supply chains. This is a very complex issue, writes Monique Goyens, as she argues for a sector by sector approach.

/ October 2, 2020

COVID-19 shows blatant need to rethink how we develop medicines

If the coronavirus crisis is described by the media as “an unprecedented crisis”, for scientists it is not.  They knew that a new pandemic would emerge one day. It was only a matter of time. We were not sufficiently prepared...

/ September 23, 2020

To tame the giants, the EU needs to step up competition enforcement

In recent weeks, the debate around the future of competition law in Europe has intensified. This is due not only to new investigations by the European Commission into tech companies, but also because of upcoming proposals to regulate large online...

/ June 22, 2020