16 September 2021

Over 80 countries show political will to protect consumers in future e-commerce deal

More than 80 countries have agreed on a consumer protection article to be included in a future international trade deal on e-commerce, the World Trade Organization (WTO) wrote today. The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) welcomes this long overdue step to enhance consumer protection in a globalised market.
14 June 2021
18 February 2021

Consumer groups respond to EU trade strategy

The European Commission today unveiled its ‘trade policy review’. The review – which defines the bloc’s new trade strategy – contains good points for consumers while raising many questions.

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Trade policy has a big influence on people’s lives. Chinese toys, American cars and Tunisian shoes are just some of the products from an almost endless list that European consumers use on a daily basis. The BEUC trade team works to protect European consumers in this globalised market.

Trade negotiations particularly can have a profound impact on Europe’s consumers. Such negotiations can lead to lower import tariffs, which can reduce the price of goods and increase choice to the benefit of consumers. But these negotiations often go far beyond this and .

We remind EU decision-makers that trade talks must not change consumer protection in Europe: whether it concerns data protection, chemicals or food safety.

Which is why we have kept a close eye on the EU’s trade talks with countries across the globe over the years. Together with our US counterparts of the we advocate for the consumer benefit in transatlantic trade relations. Our work also covers relations with Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Trade often brings multiple countries around the table at once. For example, we scrutinise that a large number of World Trade Organization (WTO) members is engaged in. Here, we cooperate with Consumers International to promote consumer trust in global e-commerce.

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The European Consumer Organisation
Europäischer Verbraucherverband
Bureau Européen des Unions de Consommateurs

Rue d'Arlon, 80 Bte 1 
B - 1040 Bruxelles

Tel: +32 2 743 15 91

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Director General
Monique Goyens
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Senior Trade Policy Officer
Léa Auffret
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Communications Officer
Laurens Rutten
Rosa Santa Barbara