CIE - Italian Consumers for Europe
The CIE association was specifically founded in 2010 to develop the activity of Italian consumers in Europe. It consists of three members: Codici, AECI and Casa del Consumatore With the admission to the BEUC, alongside the historic member Altroconsumo, Italy now boasts nearly half a million associated final consumers, represented at EU level from 2010 to present.
EU citizens are consumers and consumers care about the food they eat, the safety of the products
they buy, their online privacy, the cost of healthcare and much more. Over the past decades, the EU has been a strong driver of robust and ambitious rules in many of these areas.
Its air passenger rights are strong, people love making phone calls and surfing the internet when travelling, online shopping is made easy thanks to a 14-day right of withdrawal period, consumer products must be safe and all Europeans now have a right to open a bank account – just to name a few recent consumer successes.
The EU finds itself at a crossroads and is weighing up its options for the future. We believe that by making the EU a champion of consumer rights, future Members of the European Parliament will be building a better relationship with people across the EU.
The EU is responsible for many areas that directly affect consumers. We are committed to working with European parliamentarians to overcome the upcoming challenges
We want to focus on five priorities. Those five issues have an important impact on people’s lives – now, and in the years to come. They deserve the attention of the newly elected European legislators:
Artificial intelligence (AI) must serve, not harm consumers
Consumer products should last longer
Food labels should make the healthy option the easy option
Medicines should be accessible and affordable
Consumers should not be exposed to harmful chemicals
What the UE has
done for consumers
EU consumer rules are adopted by the European Parliament – which is directly elected – and the Council – which is composed of governments of
all EU countries.
Once adopted it is the responsibility of Member States to implement and enforce EU laws.
And there are abundant examples of how EU laws are benefitting us. Here is a small overview: