Reporting back on the ‘Modern Biotechnology in Agriculture’ conference

By Camilla Udsen  The author is a Senior Food Adviser in the Danish Consumer Council since 2001. She has an MSc in Food Technology and nutrition and a PhD in molecular microbiology. Her areas of expertise are: consumer-related EU food policy, food labelling, nutrition, and biotechnology. Camilla represents consumers in several Danish food-related committees and she is …

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Does CETA live up to the SDGs?

By Zoltán Massay-Kossubek & George Thurley The authors work at the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA).  Zoltán is Policy Manager for Health Policy coherence and he is responsible for the effective implementation of the Health in All Policies legal principle in various EU policies. Zoltán leads EPHA’s ‘Trade for Health’ campaign. A Hungarian qualified lawyer …

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Making ‘open trade’ and the global market work for EU consumers

By Monique Goyens and Laurens Rutten   Monique Goyens is the Director General of BEUC – The European Consumer Organisation and EU Co-Chair of the TACD Steering Committee. As Director General of BEUC, Monique represents 43 independent national consumer associations in 31 European countries, acting as a strong consumer voice in Brussels, ensuring that consumer’ interests are given weight in …

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TACD calls on Facebook to disclose its psych research for youth ad targeting

Today, the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) joined a coalition of 25 groups, including 14 of its member organisations, in signing a letter to the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, calling for an immediate release of documents describing the corporation’s collection and analysis of psychological information about teen users. The letter comes after The Australian newspaper revealed …

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Urgent Care: Preventing Human Resistance to Antibiotics


by Steve Suppan Last month, the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) hosted an event on Consumer Health and Antimicrobial Resistance in Washington DC. In this guest blog, Steve Suppan, Senior Policy Analyst at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and U.S. Co-Chair of the TACD Food Policy Committee, shares his thoughts on the event. Perhaps it has happened to …

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Let’s Move Away from a Fossilised Vision of the Consumer Benefits of Trade

Panel on re-thinking trade policies: a consumer agenda for trade at the TACD Multi-stakeholder Forum in Washington D.C., March 2017

by Susan Grant Last week, consumer groups in the EU and US met in Washington DC for the 17th TACD Annual Meeting. In this guest blog, Susan Grant, Director of Consumer Protection and Privacy, Consumer Federation of America and member of the TACD Steering Committee, shares her impressions. Though consumer advocates have made much progress in advancing …

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TACD Launches Vision for a Positive Consumer Agenda: New Rules for the Global Economy

Trade agreements — their scope, transparency and legitimacy — must now be re-imagined. Today, at the 17th TACD Annual Forum in Washington DC, we launch our vision for a positive consumer agenda. We provide a series of recommendations, proposing how regulatory cooperation measures outside of trade agreements can improve transatlantic markets for consumers and how, and with …

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TACD calls for the swift implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty in Europe

The Chairs of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue have written to members of the European Parliament and Member States permanent representations to the EU calling for a swift adoption of the European Commission’s proposal to implement the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually …

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