Information society: overview


TACD work in the area of Information Society aims to promote the recognition and improvement of consumer rights in the digital world. With consumers increasingly relying on the Internet for work, shopping and social life, it is more important than ever that the appropriate regulatory frameworks are in place to ensure their safety and privacy. …

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Intellectual property: overview


TACD’s work on intellectual property (IP) focuses on promoting a more balanced IP system in which the needs and rights of consumers are given equal consideration to those of rights holders. TACD promotes an IP system that effectively promotes innovation while maintaining access for users. Read TACD’s Policy Recommendations on Intellectual Property Read TACD’s Briefing …

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US Trade Representative urged to respond to TACD’s repeated request for transparency


Ahead of the upcoming negotiation round for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) in April, our Co-Chairs wrote to Michael Froman, the US Trade Representative, on behalf of TACD. We urged him again to release documents in the trade talks. Pointing to a letter from January that called for increased transparency, but which so far has …

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TACD comments on draft TTIP Resolution by European Parliament’s International Trade Committee

INTA meeting

TACD has written to Members of the European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade (INTA), who are currently deliberating on a Draft Report containing the Parliament’s recommendations to the Commission on the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). EU and US consumer groups commented on the initial Draft Report, highlighting positive points and …

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TTIP: overview

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a proposed EU-US free trade agreement currently being negotiated. With tariffs between the two economic blocks at historic lows, the negotiations are focussing on dismantling other ‘barriers to trade’. A key aim for the TTIP is to bring rules and regulations on both sides of the Atlantic …

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TTIP: policy statements

2013 Regulatory Coherence (pdf) Investor-State Dispute Resolution (pdf) Financial Regulation (pdf) Food and Nutrition-Related Issues (pdf) Data Flows (pdf) E-commerce (pdf) Intellectual Property Rights (pdf) Chemicals Regulation (pdf)

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TTIP: letters

2015 Letter to US and EU trade chiefs to call for publication of negotiation texts 2014 TACD response to European Ombudsman’s Public Consultation on transparency of TTIP Letter to incoming EU Trade Commissioner to initiate dialogue TACD response to EU Commission’s Public Consultation on ISDS in TTIP Civil society joint letter calling for full transparency about …

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TACD calls on US and EU trade chiefs to publish negotiating texts


Ahead of the 8th round of negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the Co-Chairs of the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) wrote to the US and EU negotiators. They urged Michael Froman, the US Trade Representative, and Cecilia Malmström, the EU Trade Commissioner, to increase transparency in the trade talks. Pointing to the …

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Consumers support European Parliament Committee’s Draft Opinion on data flows in TTIP

data lock

TACD has written to Members of the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE), who are currently preparing an opinion on recommendations to the European Commission concerning the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). LIBE is urging the responsible Committee on International Trade to incorporate its suggestions on privacy, data protection and …

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European Commission releases report on ISDS consultation


The European Commission has published today the results of the public consultation on investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) as part of the US-EU trade negotiations (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, TTIP). TACD provided substantive comments to this consultation, alongside hundreds of other civil society organisations and over 145,000 citizens. In its press-release the Commission indicates that …

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Food: overview


TACD work in the area of food aims to ensure that food policy makers within the EU and US take actions that promote consumer interests. Particular focuses are on improving food safety, tackling the obesity pandemic and ensuring that appropriate information is provided on food products to help consumers make healthy choices. Read TACD’s Policy …

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