Published: May 2006

Consumer interests in U.S. and the European Union

Coalition: The TransAtlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD)

Consumer Action is a member of the TransAtlantic Consumer Dialogue, a forum of consumer organizations in the U.S. and European Union. Consumer Action is a member of TACD. The Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue is a forum of U.S and European Union (E.U.) consumer organizations which develops and agrees on joint policy recommendations to promote the consumer interest in policy making at the government level in the U.S. and the European Union.

The TACD was launched in September 1998, at the end of an inaugural meeting in Washington attended by more than 60 consumer representatives from the U.S. and the E.U. Group members explore ways of strengthening a pro-consumer viewpoint at the international level.

A total of 45 EU and 20 US consumer organizations, including Consumer Action, have joined the TACD. Participation in TACD is open to all consumer organizations in the European Union and the U.S. that work on a national and/or international level and are independent of business and political interest. Consumer organizations from outside the E.U. and the U.S., as well as groups that do not meet the definition of consumer organizations, can be invited to join the working groups as 'observer members' who may express viewpoints but may not stop consensus policy decisions.

The TACD regularly issues statements and recommendations on important food, e-commerce, intellectual property and trade issues such as genetically modified foods, growth hormones, the precautionary principle, data privacy protection, fair trade, eco-labelling, access to medicines, etc.

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The Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD)

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