|Over the course of March, the CCC team has been passionately defending consumer choice across the world. Here’s a recap of some of our accomplishments from this month!|
First Retreat of the year in the UAE
For the location of our first retreat we chose the leader of our pandemic resilience index, the United Arab Emirates. We were joined by our Fellows who updated the team on their progress in their respective fields. We got to spend a productive couple of days together in sunny Ajman and planned out our activities for the next couple of months!
Vape flavours are in danger and the CCC is here to fight for them!
Remember that last month Liz testified against Alaska’s proposed 75% vape tax? This month, her expertise was required in Connecticut. She testified at the Connecticut General Assembly’s Joint Public Health Committee on a proposed flavored vaping ban and explained how harmful it would be to public health and consumer choice. We hope the state of Connecticut acts in consumers’ best interest and doesn’t take vape flavours away from people trying to quit smoking.
Blanket ban is not a way to go about PFAS
Calls for a complete ban of so-called forever chemicals are intensifying in the EU. Maria wrote an amazing piece explaining why the blanket ban is so problematic and argues that this is an issue that requires careful and ideology-free risk analysis. The EU should strive to protect consumers, but by banning all PFAS, we risk disrupting supply chains and opening up the room for illicit trade, which would be detrimental to consumers.
Catch up on the latest episodes of the ConsEUmer podcast
In this month’s episodes, you can get insightful discussions on topics, such as the ongoing war in Ukraine, Germany’s nuclear reversal, new crypto regulations, and more. One of the episodes is co-hosted by Fabio and as a bonus, we even get a special episode recorded during our staff retreat in the UAE!
Avoid government-run broadband when connecting Michigan residents
Michigan has $100 million to spare for expanding broadband and internet coverage across the state. Liz argues that a better solution is to close the digital divide in Michigan and help broadband consumers to bolster competition. Many private broadband service providers are able to expand or upgrade their services where there is demand, without burdening taxpayers like municipal broadband networks do.
New Labeling system coming to the EU
The EU’s harmonised front-of-pack nutrition labeling system aims to encourage consumers to shift to healthier diets and will be mandatory across all EU countries. Bill presented at a Webinar organised by the Austrian Economics Center and made a case against mandatory labeling, arguing that there is no need for an EU regulation in the first place. Government bureaucrats should not be giving us advice on what we should and should not consume. With informational tools at hand, individuals should make their own choices without coercion from the government.
|That’s a wrap for this month! Make sure to follow us on our social media channels to get all the updates we couldn’t fit in here! See you next month|