Category: EU

Overcoming the financial hurdle to home renovation in Portugal

Portugal's housing is posing a challenge to its climate goals and illustrates the difficulties facing us to reduce emissions from buildings

/ June 25, 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

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

How EU-funded research can deliver to consumers

Between 2021 and 2027, the EU Horizon Europe programme is planning to spend around a whopping 100 billion euros on research projects. No surprise therefore that academics, industry representatives and others will flood Brussels this week to attend the huge...

/ September 24, 2019
There are five top consumer issues European consumer groups (BEUC) suggest the next European Parliament focuses on

To truly debate Europe’s value, focus on what it has done, does and should do for people

We are a mere 3 weeks from European Parliament elections. And times are intense. Media coverage is filled with debates about Brexit, the rise of populism and Euroscepticism. It is precisely about that I worry. There seems to be very...

/ April 28, 2019

Why cooperation should be the Brexit-buzzword

The European Union counts more than 30 agencies. Scattered throughout the EU – in Heraklion, Valenciennes, London or Bilbao – they perform specific tasks to help the EU implement its policies and prepare its decision-making. The agencies deal with cyber...

/ June 16, 2017

For better or for worse? The Commission and its ‘better regulation’ agenda

One of the Juncker Commission’s favourite catchphrases is to deliver ‘better regulation for better results.’ At the same time, it claims it will serve citizens and restore confidence in the European Union project. Unfortunately, recent developments suggest it is struggling...

/ February 25, 2016