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Consumer Committee

In its Decision (95/260/EC) of 13.06.1995, the Commission set up a Consumer Committee which may be consulted on all matters relating to the protection of consumer interests.

Composed of 20 full members and 20 alternates appointed by the Commission for a 2-year, once renewable, mandate (1 per Member State plus 5 representatives from the European consumer associations: BEUC, COFACE, EURO COOP, IEIC, ETUC), it meets on average 4 times a year in Brussels.

The Committee:

  • constitutes a forum of general discussions on problems relating to consumer interests,
  • gives an opinion on Community matters affecting the protection of consumer interests, without this necessarily reflecting the opinion of the national consumer protection organisations which are not represented within the CC.
  • advises and guides the Commission when it outlines policies and activities having an effect on consumers
  • informs the Commission of developments in consumer policy in the Member States
  • acts as a source of information and soundboard on Community action for the other national organizations.

The secretariat and the presidency of the Committee are held by the Commission.

For further information, phone following numbers Phone(32-2) 299.50.26 - 295.51.41 - 295.71.73.


The Consumer Committee's Perspective on the changes of world trade rules and the WTO - 31 January 2000 deFR
Minutes of the meeting of the Consumer Committee - Brussels, 6 December 1999 DEFR
Elaborating the Universal Service Concept in the Services of general interest - A Consumer Committee position paper FR
Minutes of the meeting of the Consumer Committee - Brussels, 20 September 1999 DEFR
EURO Working Group of the Consumers Committee Paper - "The Final Phase of the Transition to the EURO", (20.09.99)DEFR
Speaking notes for commissioner byrne’s meeting with the consumers committee, brussels, 20 september 1999 DEFR
Minutes of the meeting of the Consumer Committee - Brussels, 14 June 1999 FR
Opinion by the Consumer Committee on Socially Responsible Community Tobacco Policy (adopted on 14 June 1999) FR 
Opinion by Consumer Committee on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, Brussels, 14 June 1999 DEFR
Record of the CC meeting - Brussels - 22 March 1999 DEFR
Opinion of the Consumer Committee - Euro and banking charges, 22/3/99 ESDEFR
Consumer Committee Opinion - Consumer expectations and concerns regarding the introduction of the Euro - 22.3.1999 ESDEFR
Opinion of the Consumer Committee adopted on 1 March 1999 on "Resistance to antibiotics - a threat to public health" DEFR
Minutes of the Consumer Committee (CC) meeting, Brussels, 8 december 1998 DEFR
Opinion of the Consumer Committee adopted on 8 December, 1998 on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy DEFRIT
Record of the meeting of the Consumer Committee (CC), Washington 24 September 1998 FR
Opinion of Consumer Committee on the year 2000 related problems DEFR
Record of the meeting of the Consumer Committee, Brussels, 26 May 1998 FR
Record of the meeting of the consumer committee, Brussels, 10 February 1998 FR
Réussir le passage des Consommateurs à l'euro : Propositions du Groupe Euro du Comité Consommateur de la Commission Européenne (28/11/1997)
Le passage à l'euro : assurer l'acceptation et la confiance des consommateurs (Document technique sur la base des Travaux menés dans le cadre du groupe de travail euro du comité consommateurs)
The Consumer Committee's Comments on the Commission's Green Paper on the General Principles of Food Law in the European Union - COM (97) 176 final
Report from the Euro Working Group for the Consumer Committee DEFR



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