14 July 2021
Consumers are set to benefit directly from a series of EU measures presented today by the European Commission to fight climate change. The proposals are part of the EU’s ‘Fit for 55 Package,’ the first major milestone in the delivery of the EU’s Green Deal.
23 June 2021
This 1 July, it will be the turn of Slovenia to take over the rotating presidency of the EU Council from Portugal. With our member organisation Zveza potrošnikov Slovenije (ZPS), we encourage the Slovenian government to make sure their six-month term at the helm of the EU will help to improve the lives of consumers.
26 May 2021
Tackling climate change means that we will need to make major efforts to reshape the way we heat our homes and move around. In July, the EU will unveil its ‘Fit for 55’ package, which will adapt EU energy and climate legislation to Europe’s new target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030. Ahead of this major milestone, BEUC’s Energy team has drafted a series of position papers covering four key areas to make sure that the package is made fit for consumers.
Our work areas
Despite many attempts for improvement, the energy market is still a sector of great concern to European consumers as it has many failures: there is concern over complex tariffs, rising prices, poor service or mis-selling, the difficulty of switching and confusion over what consumers can do to lower their bills, including how to be energy efficient.
Access to affordable energy is a real worry for consumers, particularly for vulnerable groups such as those with a low income. Despite the opening of the markets, competition remains limited, restricting consumer choice and driving up prices. Unfair commercial practices such as aggressive doorstep-selling are another source of consumer frustration in the energy market.
‘Smart technologies’ such as smart meters are heralded as the future and they are claimed to offer benefits to consumers. Yet they raise numerous questions about their true potential to deliver real benefits to consumers, as well as risks related to privacy and cost increases.
- Ensure energy is affordable and available to all consumers
- Enable consumers to easily choose between various energy suppliers and switch to the best deal
- Ensure that smart energy systems and other new developments are affordable and designed to benefit consumers