12TH ANNUAL MEETING
21st June 2011
TACD Meetings with EU and US government representatives
Venue: NH Hotel du Grand Sablon,
2-4, Rue Bodenbroekstraat, 1000, Brussels
9.00-9.45 Opening remarks – Addressing Consumer Priorities in EU-US Relations
EU-US economic and regulatory cooperation continues to be strengthened
through fora such as the TEC and HLRCF, what are the opportunities for
consumers and what areas can the TEC deliver for consumers? How can the
TEC promote a culture of open innovation that serves societal needs?
Chair: Ed Mierzwinski, Consumer Program Director, U.S. PIRG and TACD US co-chair
9.45-11.00 Plenary 1 – Key Food Policy Challenges in the Transatlantic Context
obesity and ensuring the safety of foods are key priorities for both
the EU and US governments. With a focus on health claims and food
safety, what are the main actions being taken and what is the scope for
improved transatlantic cooperation?
Chair: Sally Greenberg, Executive Director, National Consumers League
11.15-12.45 Parallel breakout sessions
1 - Nanotechnologies
2 - Information society
12.45-13.45 Lunch break
13.45-15.15 Parallel breakout sessions
3 - Food
4 - Intellectual Property
5 - Smart meters
15.30-16.30 Plenary 2: Collective Redress for Consumers
As the EU continues to work for the introduction of a collective redress mechanism, what lessons can be learnt from the US and what are the key ingredients for ensuring better redress for consumers?
Chair: Benedicte Federspiel, Chief Counsel, Danish Consumer Council and TACD Steering Committee
16.30-17.45 Plenary 3 – Consumer Privacy and Data Protection
Both the EU and US are currently reviewing their respective privacy and data protection frameworks. How are these initiatives responding to specific challenges of protecting consumers in the digital age? How can the EU and US work together to set a high benchmark for consumer privacy?
Chair: Conchy Martin Rey, International Relations Director, CECU and TACD Steering Committee
- Françoise Le Bail, Director General, DG Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, European Commission
- Julie Brill, Commissioner, US Federal Trade Commission
- Susan Grant, Director of Consumer Protection, Consumer Federation of America
- Georgina Nelson, In-house Lawyer, Which?, UK
17.45-18.00 Closing remarks
This annual meeting has received financial assistance of the European Union.