About: European Consumer Organisation (BEUC)

Health 11-09-2018

Industry questions WHO’s conviction about health impact of sugar taxes

The industry believes that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has no evidence to back its claim that sugar taxes are an effective way to improve public health. Instead, the industry says, taxes only lead consumers to cheaper brands with similar or even higher calorie content, which may undermine any positive health outcome.
Economy & Jobs 28-03-2018

Consumers hail proposal to limit transaction costs in EU

The European Commission’s proposals to limit transfer costs to non-euro members and currency conversions abroad were welcomed by consumer and transparency activists, although NGOs complained that it would not benefit migrants’ remittances.
Digital 15-02-2018

Consumer watchdogs want fines against Twitter and Facebook for breaking EU rules

Consumer watchdogs have called for the European Commission to introduce a minimum fine against companies that break EU rules, after Facebook and Twitter failed to reform their user terms.
Digital 12-01-2018

EU scrambles to finish digital single market in 2018

The European Commission has set a tough goal for 2018 of wrapping up legal negotiations on all 25 of the digital single market proposals that it announced since 2015. It will be an uphill battle: there are 13 files still open and fights are simmering over several contentious issues.
Digital 21-11-2017

Legal Affairs MEPs approve watered down broadcasting rules

MEPs in the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) have approved a watered down version of an EU proposal that will regulate how much content broadcasters must show online.
Digital 03-10-2017

MEPs approve softened telecoms investment rules, price cap on international calls

MEPs in the European Parliament’s Industry Committee (ITRE) approved a sweeping telecoms bill on Monday (2 October) that watered down an EU proposal to spur network investment and added a controversial price cap on calls between member states.
Digital 24-08-2017

Consumer group warns against e-commerce overhaul

A draft bill to give ecommerce shoppers the same rights across the EU is likely to face a drastic makeover from the European Parliament and national governments—and consumer advocates are worried.
Digital 25-07-2017

Google, Facebook and Twitter face fines as EU grows ‘impatient’ with lax consumer rules

Google, Facebook and Twitter could face fines if they do not change their user conditions to meet the European Commission's demands.
Health 10-07-2017

Pharma firms and consumer groups united over EMA relocation

EU leaders should make a patient-oriented decision on the relocation of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) from London and ensure “minimal disruption”, according to the pharmaceutical industry and consumer groups.
Sodas
Health 23-10-2015

Study: The amount of sugar in drinks varies widely in the EU

The sugar amount in two of the exact same sodas can vary hugely depending on where in Europe the soft drinks are bought, according to a study by Action on Sugar.  
Food
Agrifood 22-01-2015

MEPs call for country of origin labelling of meat in processed foods

Meat used as an ingredient in processed foods, such as lasagne, should have a country of origin label which is already the case for bovine fresh meat, said the Parliament's Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee on Wednesday evening (22 January) in a non-binding resolution.
Pauline Constant
Agrifood 03-09-2014

BEUC: Food labelling should include country of origin for meat

Consumer confidence in food is at low levels. Displaying origin information can boost transparency and help reverse the tide, says Pauline Constant.