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December 2020

Happy Holidays!

The year 2020 was definitely not a fun year for many consumers.

But with the approval of COVID vaccine(s), there is light at the end of the tunnel.

While my home country Germany is proud of being the birthplace of the first vaccine, patients will have to wait for its approval. Countries like the UK, the US, and Canada are already more advanced and have already begun vaccinating vulnerable patients.

Furthermore, the European Commission sees the current crisis as an opportunity to centralize drug pricing and reimbursement decisions away from national governments. We see this as a threat to patient access and innovation in Europe.

Fortunately, we were able to find 30 Members of the European Parliament from across the aisle to co-sign our letter to the European Commission opposing this so-called pharmaceutical strategy.
READ OPEN LETTER HERE

Launching a New Podcast! 🎧

Our Bill Wirtz was so impressed by David and Yaël’s work on the Consumer Choice Radio show that he launched ConsEUmer, a weekly podcast covering EU politics. 
Make sure to subscribe to ConsEUmer here: consumerchoicecenter.org/conseumer
Available on Apple PodcastsSpotify, and many other streaming services!
LISTEN HERE


Covid-Friendly Protest in Brussels! 

While COVID did not allow us much in-person work this year, the CCC joined the World Vapers’ Alliance cardboard protest in front of the EU Parliament. Protesting 2020-style!

Vaping in California

Success in California on vape flavor ban – the ban is delayed! You can find our coalition letter opposing the vape flavor ban here.
READ HERE

Is Facebook a Monopoly?

And in times where social media is one of the few means of socially distanced communication, the CCC is fighting anti-consumer actions in US antitrust — Find Yael’s piece on why the FTC gets it wrong here.
READ MORE

Targeted Advertising

Why banning or restricting targeted advertisement on both sides of the Atlantic is bad news for consumers.
READ MORE

12 Tips for Shopping Online

Our Holiday Gift to You: 12 consumer tips during the festive season to shop safely online.
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Canadian Plastics Ban

In Canada, the Federal government has announced a new plastic ban and has labelled plastic as a schedule 1 toxin under CEPA. David Clement published two op-eds on this topic, one in the Financial Post in October and again in theToronto Sun in December. More to come on this hot issue!
READ MORE

Make the milk more affordable

Supply Management – Our David Clement keeps fighting the battle against expensive dairy, poultry, and eggs in Canada. 
The Financial Post published his latest stance on this important consumer issue, and the Western Producer used his comments to directly challenge the government on their support of supply management.

Several Members of Parliament were challenged by journalists after David got published #HOTSEAT
READ HERE

European Green Deal

In The Parliament Magazine, Bill Wirtz asks how much the European Green Deal will cost consumers. Can we afford to pay more for electricity and daily consumption goods? A new impact assessment by the European Commission confirms our worst fears.
READ HERE

Pro Innovation in Agriculture in Italy

Great news! A new pro-innovation agriculture amendment law was passed yesterday in the Italian parliament. In 2021, Italy will have its own impact assessment on the Farm to Fork strategy. 

#WIN

November 2021

We’re back at it here at Consumer Choice Center, giving you the latest and greatest in our campaigns fighting for YOU across the world. Do you care about lifestyle freedom, innovative technologies, and smart public policies? Then you’re in the right place!


Consumer Choice Supervillains NFT Collectible Cards

When it comes to discussions about public policies, especially those around vaping, we all know there are some supervillains out there. That’s why we launched the Consumer Choice Center Supervillains collectible card set, now available as NFTs on OpenSea.
READ MORE HERE

Fighting for ridesharing in Toronto

My colleague (radio co-host David) has been slaying the dragons that want to phase out innovative ridesharing solutions like Uber in Toronto, Canada.He testified at a city council hearing, gave interviews on radio and TV, and had this article published in the National Post.
READ MORE HERE

The Shady Side of Student Loan Forgiveness

Elizabeth has a widely-syndicated article on the calls for loan forgiveness and why that would be harmful to millions who did not go to college, and would also serve to further inflate the costs of university education.

She also highlights the actions of some rather pernicious actors in the loan forgiveness space, using class action lawsuits to try to extract payments from private colleges.
READ MORE

Crypto Hunters: Why Elites are Anxious About Cryptocurrencies

Money, power, encryption, decentralization, and a monetary alternative.

The rise of cryptocurrencies is, in our opinion, something to celebrate and uphold. And while the adoption of Bitcoin, Ethereum, and others is speeding up among those who could really use it, there are efforts by institutions to regulate access to the on and off-ramps.

That’s why we need smart policy to continue to support innovation, while keeping scam projects in check. Check out my latest article in the European Conservative magazine.
READ MORE

Nicotine is not your Enemy: 6 Reasons to stop the war on nicotine

One complaint we often have in our work is that public health entities spread many myths and lies about nicotine. 

Reducing the number of smokers and allowing them to rapidly and efficiently switch to a less harmful alternative should be a major priority for governments and public health agencies worldwide.

Unfortunately, too many people confuse nicotine consumption with the diseases caused by smoking. In this paper, we outline six main reasons why the war on nicotine is pointless and should stop.

My colleague Maria Chaplia and World Vapers’ Alliance Michael Landl team up for this great policy note.
READ HERE

Smart cannabis bill introduced in the US House

When it comes to smart policies on cannabis policies, we are very happy to support South Carolina congresswoman Nancy Mace’s bill, the STATES Reform Act, which would be the most consumer-friendly model of legalizing cannabis across the United States.

Our main goal should be in restoring justice, promoting market access, and finally stamping out the black market.

We joined up with a coalition of groups at the Cannabis Freedom Alliance to give our endorsement of what this bill aims to achieve, and we hope to continue to push it until it is adopted.
LEARN MORE

100 Episodes of Consumer Choice Radio

Speaking of successes, David and I just celebrated a milestone for the ages: 100 episodes of Consumer Choice Radio!

When we launched in January 2020, we didn’t know where we were headed.

Now, almost two years later, we are syndicated on two radio stations, have a booming podcast version that can accept streaming Bitcoin payments on Podcasting 2.0-compliant apps, and we’ve been able to interview congresspeople, members of Parliament, entrepreneurs, authors, and innovators who are making a difference for consumer choice.

For the latest, we interviewed Rep. Nancy Mace on her cannabis bill, Rep. Larry Bucshon on why some PFAS chemicals are vital, Alexandra Gaiser from River Financial about Bitcoin maximalism, and Canadian MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith about why excise taxes on non-alcoholic beer don’t make sense. Subscribe to our YouTube for the video interviews, or subscribe to the podcast version below!

 
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Okay look, there is so much more to say about the great work my colleagues have been doing around the globe. It’s far too much for just one newsletter (or even an Instagram Reel).

Won’t you consider, therefore, checking out our social media channels? You’ll find the links below.

If there is a consumer issue that affects you and would like to get *ACTIVATED* just let me know and we’ll see what we can do.

Thank you ALWAYS for the support you provide us, and I look forward to sharing more great stories in the New Year.

Happy Holiday season!

October 2021

This October the CCC team has been hard at work, fighting for consumer choice all across the world. Here are some of the highlights from the past month we’d like to share with you


“One Size Fits All” Does Not Fit All

Our North American affairs manager, David, recently authored a new policy note, where he makes the case against the “one size fits all” approach, which is often used by various governments. He highlights multiple instances where this approach failed consumers and explains reasons as to why.
READ HERE

Impact of the flavour bans in the USA

Yael recently presented to a virtual Vape Live event hosted by Vapouround Magazine.He talked about the United States Vaping Index, the impact of flavour bans in the USA, and touched upon all the work the CCC does in this field.
WATCH HERE

EU-mandated common chargers will harm innovation

Recently, the EU unveiled its plan to harmonise charging ports across all electronic devices. Although their intentions are, as ever, noble, mandating one specific technology isn’t the way to go. In this blog post, Anna argues that the EU should practice technology neutrality and leave it up to the companies and consumers to make the ultimate choice of which charging port they want to use.
READ MORE

Catch up on the latest episodes of the ConsEUmer podcast

This month, for the first time, the ConsEUmer podcast was co-hosted by our communications manager, Fabio. Bill and Fabio discussed some of the current issues concerning the European Union, such as Brussels vs. Uber, rising inflation in Europe, and common chargers. Sounds interesting, right?
LISTEN HERE

Digital economy minister fighting to legalise vaping in Thailand

The digital economy minister of Thailand, Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn, wants to legalise vaping to address the high number of smokers in Thai society. Vaping has been proven to be 95% less harmful than smoking and it is important that people looking to quit smoking have access to safer alternatives. In this blogpost, Yael commends the minister’s efforts and hopes that Thailand will embrace the science of harm reduction.
READ MORE

Save the date for our upcoming webinar on illicit trade

The webinar will be held on November 10 and will focus on the current challenges posed by illicit trade and existing opportunities for intervention. Our speakers will examine restrictions on marketing and branding to see how those affect illicit trade. If you want to know why illicit trade is flourishing, what the main drivers of it are, and what can be done to tackle it, then you are at the right place!
LEARN MORE
That’s a wrap for October! Be sure to follow us on our social media channels for all of the latest updates in our global fight for #consumerchoice! We’ll see you next month!

September 2021

Hello,

Greetings everyone!
As we roll into Autumn, and the weather outside is getting chillier by the day, we at CCC are turning up the heat, with our team tirelessly working to defend the rights of the consumers all across the world. Without further ado, let’s delve into the many new developments that we had in September.
Principles for smart crypto regulation
While the existence of Bitcoin is no longer news to anyone, following its meteoric rise and the shockwaves it sent across the world, the question arose of what kind of legislative framework it will continue to exist in in the future. Our deputy director Yaël Ossowski and crypto fellow Aleksandar Kokotovic wrote a fascinating policy note on smart crypto regulation, offering a unique perspective on a regulatory framework that maximises innovation, economic inclusion, and consumer protection.
READ MORE
Michael Bloomberg is coming for your vape
Ever wondered who’s the man willing to funnel millions of dollars to deprive developing countries from innovative technologies? Well then CCC has got you covered, with our digital and creative team with Luka Kobalia, Luka Dzagania, and Yaël Ossowski at its head producing a video, exposing how Michael Bloomberg and his brigade have been halting life saving technologies from being accessible in developing countries.
WATCH HERE
US vs EU agriculture regulation
The importance of agriculture regulation cannot be overstated, and Bill’s policy note delves into the depths of the subject of food regulations in the EU and the US, outlining the importance for the US to prioritize the pursuit of greater economic exchange with the EU, instead of emulating the European regulation framework, which, at this time, is inferior to that of the United States.
LEARN MORE
The EV accessibility: Boom or bust?
With the electric vehicle revolution upon us, David and Liz have worked out an in-depth article on EV accessibility for the consumers in the US. While Joe Biden’s ambitious target, of half of the new vehicle sales in 2030 to be comprised of EVs, holds an exciting promise of reducing car emissions in the future, all of these efforts may be futile if an outdated state regulation, limiting direct sales of EVs to consumers, is not addressed.
READ MORE
Sharing Economy series
What is the Sharing Economy? How has it been affected by Covid pandemic? What regulatory changes are in store for it? To answer these questions, and more, Anna has stated a series of short blog posts, analysing different aspects of this exciting and rapidly evolving industry, outlining the benefits that sharing economy services provide for consumers, and what the future may hold for them.
READ MORE
David’s interview on Canadian elections
With polarizing federal elections in Canada, David went on “Counterpoint” to discuss the issues with the English election debates, racial issues caused by Bill 21, missed opportunities of the Green party, and more.
WATCH HERE
FDA and the new smoking pandemic
As the new smoking pandemic lures over us, Maria has worked out a news-piece, explaining how e-cigarettes help smokers quit, the bureaucratic nightmare that vape shop owners have to go through for product market approval, and how the FDA is at fault for putting the lives of countless people at risk. 
READ HERE
That’s a wrap for this month! Stay tuned on all of our social media channels for more info on our current and upcoming activities!

Luka Dzagania
Graphic Designer

August 2021

Hello,

In August, while many were enjoying the rest of their fabulous summer vacations, the CCC continued to work hard and wrapped up the season in style with new content, research, team members, & more! Let me take you through the last few weeks to update you on all of the excitement.


US Should Learn From EU’s Agriculture Mistakes, Not Copy Them 👨‍🌾

Bill continues his battle against the bad agricultural policy, this time warning the US about the dangers of mirroring the harmful and restrictive regulations that the European Union has embraced. Give it a read, because similar to a scarecrow, we think Bill is out-standing in his field. Sorry for being so corny 🌽
READ HERE

Battling WHO’s Fake News on Vaping 🥊

Maria co-authored a great piece for the Parliament Magazine calling out the World Health Organization’s latest report that spreads more false myths about vaping. WHO’s continued efforts against a device that is 95% less harmful than smoking sure are scary for consumers, luckily we are here to fight back.
READ HERE

Soaking Up the Spotlight in Kyiv 🌟

Our 2021 Sharing Economy Index got a lot of attention in Kyiv this week thanks to an amazing press conference hosted by Maria, featuring NGO leader Anna Danilenko and transport planning expert Dmytro Bespalov. Congrats again to Kyiv for ranking in the top 10 of best cities in the world for the sharing economy! 
WATCH HERE

The Best European Football Stadiums to Kick Back & Relax at ⚽️

Fabio released the amazing Fan-Friendly Stadium Index this month, which ranks the biggest football stadiums in Europe through important metrics for football fans such as the stadium’s overall capacity, accessibility, services provided, number of restaurants and stores, and their physical structure. If you are as excited as we are about football, then you will want to check out this index to find the best stadiums to catch a game at!
READ HERE

Latin America ❤️’s the Sharing Economy!

As we have highlighted before, the LATAM Sharing Economy Index 2021 was created in collaboration with Somos Innovacion, and provides essential consumer information about the best cities to rent a scooter, get a taxi on a ride-sharing platform, or book an Airbnb throughout Latin America. We are proud to share that the index was featured in a variety of outlets such as La CapitalEju TV, among others, and our team also put together an awesome video explaining the index. Check it out!
WATCH HERE

We are on TikTok!

More and more consumers are watching video content, especially short videos that are 60 seconds or less, such as TikTok, Instagram Reels and YouTube Shorts. So we decided to create educational short-videos to share on these platforms. Our Communications Manager Fabio Fernandes has already posted 3 videos that you definitely are going to enjoy. Check our Instagram and Youtube channel or follow us on TikTok!
That’s a wrap for this month! Stay tuned on all of our social media channels for more info on our current activities. Defending consumer choice is more important than ever, in the world of nannies and cronies. If you want to support our work, please consider making a donation.
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Elizabeth Hicks
U.S. Affairs Analyst

July 2021

Hope your summer has been as eventful as ours! 

In July, while others were basking in the sun, we continued churning out great content, analysis, and providing results. You’ve heard of superheroes, but even they’d envy our efficiency this month!


Staff retreat in Georgia 🇬🇪

We love seeing our work make an impact, but it’s even sweeter when we as a team can spend some time together in person. This time, the team reunion took place in the beautiful country of Georgia (yes, yes, we followed all COVID guidelines). Nothing is better than campaigning while enjoying regional Georgian wine, eating khinkali or khachapuri (or both!), and various kebabs. Our amazing team member Anna made sure no one left Georgia without a few bottles of wine to make the inspiration last. With a few additional kilos gained (because the food was so delicious) we are roaring into the upcoming months with lots of new ideas and ambitions. Stay tuned!

David’s best interview on harm reduction

Although David couldn’t join us in Georgia, he made sure the CCC stayed in the news. David went on 980 CKNW radio to make a strong case for vape flavours. David loved it, the host loved it, and we are sure you will too!
LISTEN HERE

Global Sharing Economy Index 2021

With COVID restrictions being relieved, traveling is finally back on the agenda. Where in the world can you go and freely enjoy e-scooters and ride-sharing? Myself and Anna put together the Global Sharing Economy Index to update you on the recent sharing economy regulations.
READ HERE

Pandemic resilience

In his latest op-ed for the Arabian Business, Fred argues that creating agile vaccine frameworks is key to future pandemic resilience. Give it a read and share with your friends so when the next pandemic strikes, you’ll be like “Fred told you so!” 😉
READ HERE

The special episode of ConsEUmer! 🎙️

Every Thursday on Spotify and Apple/Google podcasts we present the ConsEUmer podcast, giving you updates on consumer choice around Europe. During our staff retreat, we recorded a very special episode of the ConsEUmer featuring Maria, Liz, and Luka D. We talked about COVID-19 vaccinations, switching petrol cars for electric, and the divide in the sharing economy.
LISTEN HERE

Dental insurance needs reform

Yaël’s dedication to health reform in the US never stops, and this time it’s all about dental insurance! Check out his latest op-ed for Inside Sources on the topic.
READ MORE

Maria joins Independent Women’s Forum 

As you’ve probably noticed, I love writing about vaping and obesity, and innovation. To make the voice of consumers in these fields even louder, I joined the Independent Women’s Forum as a Visiting Fellow. 
READ MORE

Say hi to our newest addition to the team! 🎉
The Consumer Choice team keeps growing! Say hello to our Research Fellow Rati Gvasalia. We are happy to see our team grow and are always on the look-out for new talent to help us elevate our fight for #consumerchoice to the next level!
That’s a wrap for this month! Stay tuned on all of our social media channels for more info on our current activities. Defending consumer choice is more important than ever in the world of nannies and cronies. If you want to support our work, please consider making a donation: DONATE

Maria Chaplia
Research Manager

June 2021

Hello! 
Are you feeling the heat? Because we are on 🔥, and not just because it’s July. The team has been working around the clock to defend you and your consumer choice! Let me take you through the last few weeks.

The headaches of getting an electric car 

Liz and David worked out the very informed EV Accessibility Index 2021 — for each state in the U.S, they looked at regulations of direct-to-consumer sales and licensing fees for electric vehicles. Turns out that unlike driving a Tesla, buying one is not so seamless in many places around the country. 
READ MORE

Drinking in public? 

David went head to head with Dr. Samantha Wells on whether to allow drinking in public in Canada. He makes the very important point that a ban all too often hits marginalised communities. Cheers David ! 🍷
READ MORE

Caring for your teeth 🦷

Liz and Yaël wrote a fascinating new policy note on dental reform in the United States. Dental insurance plans leave a lot to be desired, so to give them some teeth (pun intended), this primer makes important recommendations. Check it out!
READ HERE

The ConsEUmer podcast now has 30 episodes! ️

Every Thursday on Spotify and Apple/Google podcasts: the ConsEUmer podcast, giving you updates on consumer choice around Europe and its neighbours. 30 episodes and some great guests recorded, edited, and uploaded. I recommend you check out some of the older episodes, and stay tuned for amazing content that’s yet to come!
READ HERE

Speeding up access to vaccines 

In his latest op-ed for the German newspaper Wirtschaftswoche, Fred explains what needs to be done to allow more people to get vaccinated. “Preparing for the next pandemic means developing a regulatory toolkit that gives vaccine developers and manufacturers the breathing room they need to bring these relatively inexpensive lifesavers to the people”, Fred writes, and he’s totally right!
READ HERE

LATAM Sharing Economy Index 2021 🛴

When it comes to the sharing economy, all eyes should be on Latin America. The region’s digital lag, combined with generally low trust in government institutions and problems inherent to developing economies, such as low wages, and corruption, make it especially receptive to innovative solutions.

The LATAM Sharing Economy Index 2021 was created in collaboration with Somos Innovacion, and provides essential consumer information about the best cities to rent a scooter, get a taxi on a ride-sharing platform, or book an Airbnb.
READ MORE

Say hi to our newest additions to the team! 
The Consumer Choice team keeps growing! Say hello to our Graphic Designer Luka Dzagania, our Fellow Amanda-Ellen Gibbs, and our Adjunct Research Fellow Dr. Kimberlee Josephson! We are glad to increase team #consumerchoice and fight the good fight! 
LEARN MORE
That’s a wrap for this month! Stay tuned on all of our social media channels for more info on our current activities. Defending consumer choice is more important than ever, in the world of nannies and cronies. If you want to support our work, please consider making a donation.
DONATE

Bill Wirtz
Senior Policy Analyst

May 2020

Hello,
With a new month comes a renewed focus on increasing consumer choice around the globe!

Tides are shifting everywhere, as you well know, but our team is pumped and primed to defend consumers and advocate smarter policies in hotspots of regulation.

To that end, we just announced yesterday our Consumer Innovation Manifesto, our multinational policy prescription for revamping policies that affect citizens and consumers post-Coronavirus.
We have a version for the European Union, Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the U.S.

Some of the topics covered: fast and easy access to medicine, gene-editing, patient choice, alcohol and food delivery, free trade, easing restrictions on sharing economy services, and more.

The next step is to meet with legislators and regulators in each jurisdiction to promote our ideas and get them shaped into legislation. Please let us know if you’d like to help with our cause!
Download the Consumer Innovation Manifesto
POLICYMAKER CORNER

–>We’re now featuring the Consumer Choice Center Policymaker Corner, where we give policymakers a platform to communicate directly with consumers and share their thoughts on the pressing issues concerning consumer choice and rights.

–>This section of our website is dedicated to the personal opinions of legislators.

–>You can comment, share, and send us your questions and we will pass them on anonymously creating a safe constructive place for conversation that aims to put consumers at the center of the legislative agenda.
UPCOMING WEBINAR

–>Be sure to sign-up for tomorrow’s Consumer Choice Center webinar with Member of European Parliament Svenja Hahn, who will discuss Artificial Intelligence and the opportunities for improving consumers’ lives.

–>You won’t want to miss it!

REGISTER HERE

UNITED STATES & CANADA

–>For the last few months, we’ve been leading a campaign to reform tort law in the United States, hoping to create a more just and nimble legal system for every day Americans. You may have read my articles in the New Jersey Star-LedgerNewsday, and Inside Sources, drawing attention to the Netflix series that highlight the injustice that is rampant in our courts, and the thousands of coronavirus lawsuits currently making waves around the country and the world.

–>At the same time, we weighed in on the vaping debate in New York State, where Gov. Andrew Cuomo has taken the time off his coronavirus response to ban flavored vaping. Aren’t there other priorities right now?

–>We know y’all love catchy graphics, so we’ve been doing our part to explain the world of consumer regulation through our handy maps. The first is the map of which U.S. states allow alcohol delivery:

–>And another related to same-day delivery of cannabis across Canadian provinces:

Specific to Canada, our very own David Clement has been slugging any in national media on the need for intellectual property in the vaccine and medical innovation race and pushing for more consumer-friendly cannabis delivery policies.

David’s recommendations on cannabis delivery have now been applied in the province of Ontario. Policy win!


And if you’ve been listening to our weekly Consumer Choice Radio program, you’ll know we’ve interviewed the likes of Steve Forbes, Jerry Buting (the attorney from Making a Murderer), Ashley Baker from the Committee For Justice, Corey DeAngelis, and many more!

Be sure you’re subscribed to the podcast version we also release.
EUROPE

–>In Europe, our managing director Fred Roeder published an article in Euractiv to argue for continued innovation in agriculture in the European Union. There is still much improvement to adopt newer technologies that are increasing yields, lowering food prices, and feeding hundreds of millions of Europeans like never before.

–>This is the gene-editing revolution, and Consumer Choice Center is there making sure that message is heard. It’s also in French and Spanish.–>Our senior policy analyst Bill Wirtz also hit back with a similar article on modern agriculture, mycotoxins, and scientific crop protection to keep feeding the world.–>Demonstrating our ability to influence world bodies, the WIPO and EUIPO heads responded to our letters about the importance of intellectual property for innovation. The letter we sent was co-signed by 17 MEPs. 

–>In Ukraine, our European Affairs Associate Maria Chaplia published an article on the need to avoid food export bans. Now is the wrong time to increase the price of food for consumers.

TV AND RADIO

–>Of course, you won’t just find us in print. Our staff has also been floating around on television and radio to promote our ideas.

–>Fred was interviewed on TRT International to discuss COVID-19 and the World Health Organization, and the differences between the UK and German response on UK TalkRadio.

–>Bill Wirtz was featured on the Free Market Series show to discuss paternalism and the mission of the CCC.

–>Luca Bertoletti was featured on Radio Lombardia to discuss his latest article on the healthcare system in Lombardy, Italy.

–>And I discussed the ongoing lockdowns, plans for recovery, and lawsuit epidemics during my weekly radio hit on the Joe Catenacci Show.

There is so much more we could share with you, but time is short and so is the week. Be sure to follow us on our social media channels for all the latest and great updates in our global fight for #consumerchoice!

On behalf of the entire CCC team,

Yaël Ossowski
Deputy Director 
Consumer Choice Center

April 2020

Hello,

We at the Consumer Choice Center are excited to share this first comprehensive annual report with you.
Download Annual Report 2019
The year 2019 was definitely our best years so far. 
We were able to promote choice and evidence-based policies on four different continents and change policies and regulations towards more innovation and choice in several countries.

We helped to preserve streaming and payTV in Brazil, made cannabis more accessible for consumers in Canada, promoted smarter alcohol regulation in the several US States, and showed the risks for consumers of 5G infrastructure providers that are de facto controlled by the Communist Party of China. We wrote several policy papers on innovative topics such as ‘The Consumer Case for Intellectual Property’, ‘The Return of Supersonic Passenger Travel’, and ‘The Gene Revolution: Make Britain a Biotech Bonanza’.

Our indices on Europe’s most passenger-friendly airports and railway stations got hundreds of media hits and were even prominently featured in the annual reports of bluechip companies. Our reports also helped consumers to plan their trips and navigate airports and railway stations around Europe, choosing those more friendly and open for innovation. 

The current COVID-19 crisis shows how much the legacy model of civil society engagement is challenged by social distancing and self-isolation. Fortunately, we at the CCC have always had a large digital component in our campaign strategies.

We have been a remote organization from the beginning on, and our daily work routine has not much changed. In late February, our web traffic began exploding as more and more people started staying home and reading up on policy suggestions on how to tackle this public health crisis. 

Right now. we see that more digitization, liberalization, and the sharing economy are usually the catalysts that enable our society to cope with all the restrictions imposed on us. We are happy to take on the fight to ensure smart rules such as the online ordering of alcohol, expansion of retail shopping hours, and fast-tracking of innovative medicines and devices, much beyond COVID-19. At the same time, we will fight against bad policies and proposals that are being considered or implemented in times of crisis: Some of them are ideas such as infringing on intellectual property rights, banning alcohol consumption, and limiting consumers’ freedom of movement.

The next twelve months will be challenging but we as a team are very eager to fight for our core principles: consumer choice, unbiased evidence, and innovation. On behalf of the Consumer Choice Center Team,



Fred Roeder
Managing Director 
Consumer Choice Center

May 2021

Publications, media hits, team announcements, and more! 
Hello! 
Another month has wrapped up here at the Consumer Choice Center, and summer is starting but our work doesn’t stop! 

UK’s OBESITY STRATEGY WILL FAIL
Obesity is on the rise like never before. More than one in four people in the UK are now obese, one of the driving forces behind the mortality rate from Covid. In the year leading up to the pandemic, more than a million people were admitted to hospital for obesity-related treatment in England. Our policy fellow Jason Read wrote about this for CityAM.
READ MORE

WE JOINED AN IP COALITION
We joined a global coalition to protect innovation and property rights around the world! 
LEARN MORE

PANDEMIC RESILIENCE INDEX 2021
We love indices! And after publishing the Railway Index, here we are with the Pandemic Resilience Index: where Israel and the United Arabic Emirates topped the list! And what about the rest of the world? Well, I’d suggest you check it out! 
READ HERE
And Mariia was on fire this month writing a ream of information on the Pandemic Resilience Index in both the UK and Ukraine:

Kyiv Post – Pandemic Resilience Index
The Conservative – Pandemic Resilience Index
The Conservative – Pandemic Resilience Index

IMPORTANCE OF IP FOR MEDICAL INNOVATION
Meanwhile, in North America, my colleagues David and Yaël wrote an article on Intellectual Property and COVID vaccines in the Financial Post. It generated a lot of fire. Check it!
READ HERE
David also went on Canadian national TV talking about why Canada should not uphold the TRIPS Waiver on Covid Vaccines at the World Trade Organization:

BIDEN’S INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN AND BROADBAND?
And my dear colleague Yaël wrote a syndicated article on the pie-in-the-sky broadband plan contained within the Biden’s administration infrastructure plan. What will it mean for consumers?
READ HERE

ENDING LIQUOR MONOPOLY IN ONTARIO
David also got published in the Financial Post, making the case for ending the liquor monopoly in Ontario, which he argues would be a win-win solution for consumers.
READ MORE

WELCOME TO THE TEAM!
We are delighted to announce two new addition to the Consumer Choice Center team: 
Fellow Amanda-Ellen Gibbs
Adjunct research fellow Kimberlee Josephson
LEARN MORE
And stay tuned, because this month we are set to publish two indices instead of one! Look forward to the Latin American Sharing Economy Index, written in collaboration with Somos Innovacion and Relial, and the Global Sharing Economy Index of 2021! After our pandemic year, which city will fare the best? Stay tuned to discover more!

All the best,

Luca Bertoletti
Senior Government Affairs Manager
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