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Inducement-based financial advice is harming consumers on a massive scale. It's time for EU-wide ban. Consumers deserve bias-free financial advice. We've written to @VDombrovskis@twitter.com @McGuinnessEU@twitter.com @dreynders@twitter.com calling for ambitious Retail Investment Strategy ✍️: beuc.eu/sites/default/files/pu

Good news as transparency on corporate sustainability reporting gets 1 step closer 🌍. Now it's time for ambitious reporting standards to increase transparency on sustainability impact. Our press release from last week 👉 beuc.eu/press-releases/first-s

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RT @EUCouncilPress@twitter.com

CSRD: @EUCouncil@twitter.com has given its final green light to the corporate sustainability reporting directive.

This means that companies will soon be required to publish detailed information on sustainability matters ✅.

Read the press release 👇
consilium.europa.eu/en/press/p

🇫🇷 consumer organisation and @beuc member
@clcvorg@twitter.com investigated the nutritional composition of kids' menus across 7 big fast-food chains (McDonald’s, Burger King, Quick, KFC, Subway, Brioche Dorée and O’Tacos). Not only is it generally poor (to be expected), but it has even *worsened* since 2010. Too many calories, insufficient nutritional information...
Full report (in FR) here: clcv.org/alimentation/enquete-

In addition to these concerns, BEUC also calls for a modernised product safety law that: 1⃣ is underpinned by the precautionary principle; 2⃣ requires proper risk assessment and documentation by manufacturers; and 3⃣ comes with strong penalties for non-compliance.

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If a consumer is injured or suffers property damage because of a dangerous product, this is a severe incident and not an area where the legislator should seek a ‘balance’ with the ‘right’ to conduct business.

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For instance, we found smoke alarms for sale online that can't actually detect smoke (which.co.uk/news/article/revea). It shouldn't matter whether these alarms were produced by a small or large company, and whether they were sold offline or online.

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Business can only legitimately be conducted where legislation is respected and consumers are not put at risk. We urge the European Parliament and EU Member States to keep this in mind as they regulate to keep product safety law in line with today's digital and globalised market.

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We regret there is not enough political will to regulate online marketplaces as economic operators. We urge policymakers to now ensure that all providers of online marketplace services must at least ensure the below.

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As mentioned before: we worry about the lack of political will to tackle the role of online marketplaces, who are a source of dangerous products. twitter.com/beuc/status/158961

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Negotiations to reform EU product safety law () continue this week. BEUC’s main point: Consumers should be safe when they shop offline and online. However, we're concerned the new law could be weaker than is necessary to protect consumers from dangerous products sold online.

BEUC is looking for a Training coordinator! Join our Capacity Building team (applications also open to freelancers): beuc.eu/sites/default/files/pu

To ensure strong consumer protection and a level-playing field among creditors, BigTech must not benefit from a loophole in the . Our recommendations: beuc.eu/position-papers/consum

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But this exemption could also apply to BigTech which is already designing its own Buy Now Pay Later technology with Apple Pay Later and Elon Musk’s ambition to add a payment function to Twitter. This would leave consumers without protections eg. cost caps.

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It takes consumers 5 steps, 10 clicks & navigating through unclear and misleading information to activate privacy-friendly options. But in one step, you can allow Google to monitor everything you do. Authorities have to stop this ! beuc.eu/FastTrackToSurveillanc

To ensure strong consumer protection and a level-playing field among creditors, BigTech must not benefit from a loophole in the . Our recommendations: beuc.eu/position-papers/consum

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But this exemption could also apply to BigTech which is already designing its own Buy Now Pay Later technology with Apple Pay Later and Elon Musk’s ambition to add a payment function to Twitter. This would leave consumers with protections eg. cost caps.

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EU legislators want deferred payments of an invoice (e.g. to pay a hospital bill ) to be exempted from the . This makes sense.

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Occasions like can push people to consume things they don't necessarily want/need, facilitated by all too easy 'Buy Now Pay Later' credit schemes. Luckily they'll soon be regulated in the but...BigTech might be exempted. Here's the story 🧵

Ongoing problems for consumers in 🇧🇪 with late energy (adjustment) bills. Our member @Test_Achats@twitter.com is asking for urgent action 👇

RT @MrConso@twitter.com

Les problèmes liés aux factures (de régularisation) d'énergie tardives persistent : @Test_Achats@twitter.com demande une solution urgente

test-achats.be/maison-energie/ via @Test_Achats@twitter.com

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