Consumer Corner is the blog of The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC). This is where we outline our thoughts on EU developments likely to affect consumers.
BEUC is the umbrella group in Brussels for 45 independent national consumer organisations. Our main task is to represent them at the European level and defend the interests of all Europe’s consumers.
We do so by investigating EU decisions and developments likely to affect consumers. This covers the following areas: consumer rights, digital rights, energy, enforcement, financial services, food, health, safety, sustainability and trade policy.
Our acronym stands for the French Bureau Européen des Unions de Consommateurs. We were founded in 1962 by consumer groups from 6 Member States of, what was then, the European Economic Community (EEC). Nowadays our members are from all 27 EU Member States as well as Iceland, North Macedonia, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
This blog started in 2014 as The consumer view on TTIP, a trade agreement that was being negotiated between the EU and the US. As of 2016, we expanded it to cover all our policy areas.