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Italy’s Draghi announces €3 billion package to keep energy prices down

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi on Thursday (23 September) announced measures worth three billion euros to keep gas and electricity bills down this winter as power prices soar across Europe.
Energy 16-09-2021

France to boost energy vouchers as consumer bills rise

French government is considering extending the benefit of energy vouchers to more households to ease the cost of rising energy bills, the government's spokesman Gabriel Attal said on Wednesday (15 September).
Agrifood 25-01-2021

COVID crisis ‘trigger’ for innovation in hospitality sector, say researchers

The COVID-19 crisis has deeply impacted the hospitality sector, but it has also been a trigger of business model innovation and this must be encouraged to help businesses adapt to the "new normal", according to new research. 
Agrifood 22-12-2020

EU bets on research to put Farm to Fork ambition into action

Stakeholders, researchers, and policymakers are seeking to find the right place for innovation in the EU's new flagship food policy with a view to empower consumers to make the best choices for themselves and the planet.
Circular economy 16-11-2020

EU Commission aims to tackle greenwashing in new consumer agenda

Avoiding greenwashing and providing customers with more information about the sustainability of products is a key part of the Commission’s new consumer agenda, launched on Friday (13 November).
Agrifood 03-02-2020

Commission bemused by consumer information conundrum

The European Commission has started sketching the new EU-wide food labelling scheme, expected to be proposed in the context of the new Farm to Fork Strategy (F2F), but the debate over what kind of information to provide to consumers has just started.
Economy & Jobs 09-04-2019

RAPEX, the safety guarantee for European products

The rapid alert system removed more than 2,000 dangerous products from the European market in 2018. However, much remains to be done about security, notably with regards to China. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital & Media 24-01-2019

European Parliament wants to stop rigged online reviews

MEPs have updated consumer protection rules, bringing greater transparency in how online offers are ranked and, particularly, in reviews left by customers about products. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 28-06-2018

The digital farmers’ market

Farmers being in direct contact with the consumers and setting their prices independently, without having to submit to the wholesale market dictate - sounds like going back to the roots of agricultural markets. Behind this, however, is a model with a genuinely promising future. EURACTIV.de reports.
Economy & Jobs 26-06-2018

Consumers to be collateral damage of EU-US trade dispute

Harley-Davidson announced on Monday (25 June) it would move some production out of the US to avoid EU tariffs and it might not be the last to do so. That has prompted European consumers’ organisations and importers to warn of the negative impact on consumers.
Brexit 17-08-2016

UK consumers begin to feel post-Brexit pinch

From computers and cars to carpets and food, Britain's decision to leave the EU is beginning to hit consumers in the pocket, having already spread uncertainty through the property market.
Brexit 28-07-2016

Brexit shockwaves hit UK consumers, wages and construction

Shockwaves from Britain's vote to leave the European Union are reverberating through the economy with surveys published on Thursday (28 July) showing a sharp dive in consumer confidence and a slowdown in the construction sector.

Climate Commissioner: Age of traditional energy consumers ‘almost over’

EXCLUSIVE / The age of traditional energy consumers is almost over, Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete will say today (13 July), before outlining plans for Europeans to take control of consumption and production.
Trade & Society 10-05-2016

Malmström concerned about public perception of TTIP

Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström has admitted she is worried about the increasingly negative attitude in the EU towards the trade talks with the United States.
Milan Expo
Agrifood 08-07-2015

Food industry encouraged to target ‘Me’ generation

Today's consumers are highly specific about what they eat, requiring the food industry to stay innovative. EURACTIV reports from Milan.
German consumers spent close to € 1.6 trillion in 2013. Berlin 2013 [Sascha Kohlmann/Flickr]
Health 26-06-2014

ECB interest rate cut bolsters spending in Germany

After an ECB resolution to push interest rates to all-time lows, the inclination to save is dwindling among consumers, a trend apparent among Germans, who are spending more than they have in seven years. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Price levels for private consumers in Germany are slightly higher than the EU average. [Thomas Schewe/Flickr]
Health 20-06-2014

German consumers spend less than their EU neighbours

The cost of goods and services for private consumption are slightly higher in Germany than the EU average. But in Germany, consumers live more cheaply than those in most neighbouring states. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Health 18-03-2014

European children exposed to less food advertising on TV

According to new research, European children are exposed to less food marketing on TV today than ten years ago.
Health 07-02-2014

MEPs reject Commission proposal on origin labelling of meat

The European Parliament endorsed on Thursday (6 February) a motion which rejects the new rules on origin labelling of meat that were tabled by the European Commission following last year's 'horsegate' scandal.
Health 24-01-2014

MEPs oppose Commission proposal on country of origin for meat

Members of the Parliament's environment, public health and food safety committee opposed on Wednesday (22 January) a proposal from the Commission on food labelling for meat.
Health 23-01-2014

EU advisory body calls for more collaborative consumption

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), a consultative body of the EU, called for new collaborative opportunities for consumers and businesses within the single market.
Health 12-07-2013

New EU rules to combat misleading information on cosmetics

New EU rules that took effect on Thursday (11 July) are intended to strengthen safety standards on cosmetics and provide better information for consumers.
Euro & Finance 09-07-2013

Consumer groups divided over benefits of lower payment-card fees

SPECIAL REPORT / Forthcoming European Commission proposals aimed at reducing charges for payment cards have ignited a debate over whether consumers will benefit, based on previous experiences in Spain and France.
Health 06-02-2013

Consumers worried about chemicals in food: Eurobarometer

Many EU consumers believe that their food, cleaning and beauty products contain chemicals, and are most likely to check food products for chemicals before buying, according to a new Eurobarometer survey.