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 44 independent national consumer organisations from 32 countries. Our main role is to represent them to the EU institutions and defend the interests of European consumers.
Our daily work involves making sure the EU takes policy decisions that improve the lives of consumers. This covers a range of topics including competition, consumer rights, digital rights, energy, enforcement, financial services, food, health, safety, sustainability and trade policy.
Our acronym originates from our French name, ‘Bureau Européen des Unions de Consommateurs’. We were founded in 1962 by consumer groups from six 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.