CA urges MEPs to put consumers ahead of industry

The Consumers’ Association (CA) launched a campaign last week urging MEPs to resist aggressive lobbying by industry ahead of the 10 June elections.

CA EU adviser Steve Crampton said: ‘With a new parliament imminent, MEPs have a great opportunity to refocus on consumer issues and demonstrate to the public how important the European parliament is to their lives. MEPs must start putting consumers ahead of industry on issues that matter.’

The issues, set out in a manifesto on the watchdog’s website, include reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, tackling obesity and creating a single European market in financial services.

CA has also highlighted the ‘communications gap’ between MEPs and their constituents, with research showing that 71 per cent of people wrongly think the European parliament has a major or some influence over whether the UK adopts the euro.

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