Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) is a forum of US and EU consumer
organisations which develops and agrees on joint consumer policy
recommendations to the US government and European Union to promote the consumer
interest in EU and US policy making.
is in the context of the New Transatlantic Agenda (NTA; launched in 1995) and
in particular of the New Economic Partnership (launched in 1998), that the
TACD, along with several other transatlantic dialogues, was born.
launching the NTA and the TEP, the governments of the EU and US had for the
first time pledged their support to an increased involvement of civil society
in transatlantic policy-making.
TACD was launched in September 1998, at the end of the inaugural meeting which
took place in Washington and gathered more than 60 consumer representatives
from the US and the EU.
provide a formal mechanism for EU and US consumer representatives to
input to EU and US political negotiations and agreements as well as
explore ways of strengthening the EU and US consumer view at the
champions the consumer perspective in transatlantic decision making. It
is our mission to ensure that EU/US policy dialogue promotes consumer
welfare on both sides of the Atlantic and is well informed about the
implications of policy decisions on consumers.
regularly issues statements and recommendations on important food,
information society, intellectual property, financial services and
nonotechnology issues. In doing so TACD provides a common voice for EU
and US consumer organisations ensuring that key consumer priorities are
promoted and advocated within EU-US regulatory and governmental
processes, helping to protect health and safety and assure truth and
fairness in the marketplace.
meetings and multi-stakeholder conferences TACD contributes to the
exchange of information, dissemination of knowledge and sharing of
expertise on key consumer issues in the EU and the US.
works with stakeholders such as the Transatlantic Legislators Dialogue
(TLD) and the Transatlantic Business Council (TABC) through the
Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC), of which TACD is a member of the
advisory group, to find areas of commonality and to seek increased
Members and Governance
TACD membership is
open to all EU or US consumer organisations working on a national and/or
international level that are independent of business and political
TACD members participate in its work through five Policy Committee's: Food,
Intellectual Property, Information Society, Financial Services and
TACD's strategic direction is led by the Steering Committee and the Chairs of the Policy Committee's.
The TACD Secretariat is situated within the Office of Consumers International.
TACD Secretariat, 24 Highbury Crescent, London N5 1RX, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 207 226 66 63 | Email: tacdATconsinDOTorg