The Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) is a forum of US and EU consumer organisations which develops and agrees joint consumer policy recommendations to the US government and the European Commission to promote consumer interest in EU and US policy making and in global issues. So far, a total of 40 European and 24 US consumer organisations have joined the initiative founded in 1998. The Commission provides financial and co-ordination support for the TACD.
The TACD conferences take place once a year, alternately in the US and the EU. These conferences produce recommendations related to food, electronic commerce, trade, health and intellectual property issues. The recommendations call for a number of actions from the EU governments, the European Commission and the US authorities and aim at increasing the involvement of civil society in transatlantic policy-making.
The TACD is organised by Consumers International who provides the TACD Secretariat.
For further information on this topic, please consult the TACD website.
The 2007 TACD annual meeting was held on 12 March in Brussels
Speech by Meglena Kuneva, European Commissioner for Consumer Protection, Tansatlantic Consumer Dialogue 8th Annual Meeting, Brussels, 12 March 2007
Markos Kyprianou European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection Speech at TACD, 18/04/05: Speech for the Opening Session of the 7th Annual MeetingSpeech by David Byrne, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, "Transatlantic food for thought", Tansatlantic Consumer Dialogue 6th Annual Meeting Brussels, Brussels, 2 February 2004
Commission services' responses to the TACD 2002 report card and recommendation on children and the internet
Press release by David Byrne European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, European and US Consumer Groups meet to discuss food safety, GMOs, access to medicines and more, Brussels 28 October 2002
Address by Mr Robert J. Coleman, Director General for Health and Consumer Protection European Commission, TACD Leaders Meeting, 4 December 2001 - Washington, DC (119 KB)
TACD recommendations on trade and electronic commerce and European Commission's services' responses (TACD meeting, 2-4 May, 2001) (224 KB)
TACD recommendations on Food, Health Care and Intellectual Property and Commission responses (TACD meeting of 10 February 2000):
TACD recommendations on Food (196 KB)
TACD recommendations on Health Care and Intellectual property (168 KB)
TACD recommendations on Electronic Commerce (221 KB)
TACD recommendations on Trade (238 KB)
Speech by David Byrne European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection "How governments can meet Consumer Concerns on the Trade Agenda Plenary Meeting of the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue Washington D.C., 10 February 2000
TACD recommendations on food, electronic commerce and trade and European Commission services' responses (TACD meeting of 23-24 April 1999) (115 KB)