Is “better regulation” already affecting consumer safety?
After laudable progress in 2014, and despite strong support from Member States, the Juncker Commission appears to be stalling on the regulation of tattoo inks. ANEC must express its greatest disappointment at this change in political will.
Standards in the Digital Single Market
Digital Technologies have a considerable impact on the lives of consumers, ranging from on-line shopping to e-government & e-voting. Although ANEC welcomes the focus on interoperability in the EC’s initiative on the Digital Single Market (DSM) adopted today, we regret its integrated standards plan will not seek increased consumer protection across borders.
ANEC addressed the consumer view on functionalities and interoperability of smart metering systems at the Citizens' Energy Forum on 12-13 March 2015 in London. Every year, the London Forum brings together a wide range of stakeholders to exchange on consumer perspectives. This year, ANEC stressed its key concerns and advised what needs to happen to help engage consumers in the European energy market.
New Year comes bearing benefits for consumers. As of January 1st, consumers surfing the web for their home appliances and electronics will be able to better compare the energy efficiency of these products. Following existing obligations for sales in shops, the well-known energy label will need to accompany products bought online.