Consumer Choice Center

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Overview

Lobbying Costs

250,000€

Financial year: Jan 2020 - Dec 2020

Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

13 Fte (16)

Lobbyists with EP accreditation

0

High-level Commission meetings

2

Lobbying Costs over the years

  • Info

    Consumer Choice Center   (CCC)

    EU Transparency Register

    326140126649-42 First registered on 06 Apr 2017

    Goals / Remit

    Consumer choice is pivotal for economic freedom and lifestyle decision. Regulators on local, national, and supranational levels keep regulating more and more areas of consumers' lives. This leads to less consumer choice and usually higher costs.
    Whether protectionism in the airline industry prevents more efficient airlines to sell cheaper tickets to passengers, excessive taxation of consumption serve as letters of indulgence, or branding bans destroy the brand value of companies. Consumers don't benefit but suffer from such regulation.
    In some cases paternalistic regulations cause even harm. Examples can be seen in more driving under influence cases in cities after banning ride-sharing services such as Uber or smokers being unable to switch to less harmful ways of consuming nicotine such as vaporizers. Branding bans lead to a higher accidental consumption of counterfeited products that can be of lethal consequence for the consumer.

    Main EU files targeted

    The CCC’s work covers the following policies and initiatives: food and agriculture policies, fat/sugar tax, soda tax, food labelling, health care and harm reduction, trade initiatives (TTIP /TTP), transportation and aviation regulations.

    Address

    Head Office
    700 12th St. N.W. Suite 700
    Washington D.C. 20005
    UNITED STATES
  • People

    Total lobbyists declared

    16

    Employment timeLobbyists
    100%12
    25%4

    Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

    13

    Lobbyists with EP accreditation

    All Lobbyists with EP accreditation over time

    0 accreditations were / are live (in bold) for the selected state of 04 Mar 2024

    Name Start date End Date
    Mr Luca BERTOLETTI 10 Feb 2022 13 May 2022
    Mr Luca BERTOLETTI 07 Aug 2020 28 Aug 2021
    Mr William WIRTZ 26 Sep 2019 26 Sep 2020
    Mr Frederik Frank Cyrus ROEDER 10 Jul 2019 01 Jul 2020
    Ms Mariia CHAPLIA 10 Jul 2019 10 Jul 2020
    Mr Luca BERTOLETTI 29 May 2019 29 May 2020
    Mr Frederik Frank Cyrus ROEDER 07 Jul 2018 06 Jul 2019
    Mr Luca BERTOLETTI 09 May 2018 01 May 2019
    Mr Luca BERTOLETTI 05 May 2017 01 May 2018

    Complementary Information

    Three people are based in Brussels and work in our European team.

    It includes one Senior Manager, one associate and one policy analyst

    Person in charge of EU relations

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

    Person with legal responsibility

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

  • Categories

    Category

    III - Non-governmental organisations

    Subcategory

    Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

  • Networking

    Affiliation

    Atlas Network

    Member organisations

    None declared

  • Financial Data

    Closed financial year

    Jan 2020 - Dec 2020

    Lobbying costs for closed financial year

    250,000€

    Other financial info

    We don't receive public funds. You can read our code of ethics here: https://consumerchoicecenter.org/about-us/#ethics

  • EU Structures

    Groups (European Commission)

    none

    Groups (European Parliament)

    MEPs for Innovation#We monitor consumer choice among Industry forums.
    We monitor consumer choice among Industry forums.

    Communication activities

    I)The Fourth Industrial Revolution is well underway, and the member states of the European Union have fallen behind China and the United States in developing the necessary infrastructure to fully leverage its potential. The strength of the EU is its diversity of cultures and languages, but in the case of innovation, this diversity is proving to be a barrier to scaling new developments. While trade in goods may be high, digital trade remains limited by lack of harmonisation in digital markets, and the interventions of certain states that make investment more cumbersome.

    Failing to make the necessary investments to develop a 21st Century digital infrastructure in time will put the EU at a competitive disadvantage in global markets, hampering economic growth for the foreseeable future. At the foundation of technologies such as artificial intelligence and the internet of things, which promise huge gains in productivity, is the need for robust digital infrastructures and the accessibility of next generation bandwidth technologies.

    The Consumer Choice Center’s Digital Single Market campaign seeks to better the existing digital foundations of the European Union by contributing to the liberalisation and harmonisation of the European Digital Market.

    II) Free Trade for US

    III)Brands Matter: Brands are a fundamental part of the European Union’s economy and play a key role in the everyday choices of each of us as consumers. We, the members of the Brands Matter Working Group, aim to advocate to European policy makers the importance of brands in a free and economically sustainable society.Therefore we invite policy makers in Europe to take the brand protection pledge: “I commit to oppose any policy measure that limits brand freedom.” In the coming months we are going to list all policy makers that have already taken the pledge here.

    Find our full manifesto on www.consumerchoicecenter.org/brandsmatter

    Other activities

    None declared

  • Meetings

    Meetings

    2 meetings found. Download meetings

    The list below only covers meetings held since November 2014 with commissioners, their cabinet members or directors-general at the European Commission; other lobby meetings with lower-level staff may have taken place, but the European Commission doesn't proactively publish information about these meetings. For more information about which commissioner is responsible for which portfolio, check out this link: https://commissioners.ec.europa.eu/index_en All information below comes from European Commission web pages.

    • Date 02 Jun 2020 Location Video phone call
      Subject Genetic modified organisms and innovation in agriculture
      Cabinet Cabinet of Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski
      Portfolio Agriculture
      Attending
      • Jorge Pinto Antunes (Cabinet member)
    • Date 04 Jun 2019 Location Brussels, Belgium
      Subject aviation
      DG Mobility and Transport
      Attending
      • Henrik Hololei (Director-General)
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