BEUC acts as the umbrella group in Brussels for its member organisations and its main task is to represent them at European level and defend the interests of all Europe’s consumers. BEUC investigates EU decisions and policy developments likely to affect consumers with a special focus on eight areas: Financial Services, Food, Digital Rights, Consumer Rights, Sustainability, Safety, Health and Energy. BEUC is acknowledged as a trustworthy consumer representative by both decision-makers and other stakeholders alike. This is particularly due to the collective skills and knowledge of its experts as well as the ones of its member organisations who are in daily contact with European consumers. More information about on BEUC’s vision, its long and reputable history or its achievements can be found in its general brochure attached in the notes section
Geographic focus
Europe ; European Union
Programme areas
BEUC's prioritised topics are financial services; food; consumers’ rights & enforcement; digital rights; and sustainability. Additionally, BEUC work on energy, safety and health issues. The Secretariat closely follows the EU-US negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) where its aim is to ensure consumers’ interests are at the heart of the agreement. As the plight of consumer organisations in central, eastern and south eastern Europe (CESEE) is sometimes very difficult, BEUC also launched a capacity building programme focused on its CESEE members.