The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is of great importance to stakeholders on both sides of the Atlantic. With the potential to reinvigorate US-EU relations, as well as providing a much needed boost to European and US markets, the stakes are high.
TTIP represents a new breed of free trade agreement; with clauses covering a range of regulatory issues not normally included in such agreements. Although widely regarded as necessary if TTIP is to be successful, changes to such regulation have the potential to cause significant popular opposition, as concerns are raised that consumer protections are being eroded.
Director General | Bureau Européen des Unions de Consommateurs (BEUC)
As Director General of BEUC, Monique represents 43 independent national consumer associations in 31 European countries, acting as a strong consumer voice in Brussels, ensuring that consumer’ interests are given weight in the development of policies and raising the visibility and effectiveness of the consumer movement through lobbying EU institutions and media contacts. As a consumer expert and advocate, she was member of the EU High-level Expert Group on reforming the structure of the EU banking sector (Liikanen group) and is a delegate in the Consultative Commission on Industrial Change of the European Economic and Social Committee. She is also member of the EU High-level Group on the sustainability of the food supply chain, of the EU Resource Efficiency Platform and is substitute member of the SEPA-Council. Recently, she has been appointed as Associate member of the EIF Board of Management (European Internet Foundation) and sits on the Advisory Group of the European Commission on the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP). In her capacity as BEUC Director General, Monique is currently EU co-chair of the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) a network of EU and US consumer organisations, and Treasurer of Finance-Watch, a public interest association dedicated to making finance work for the good of society. She also represents BEUC at Consumers International, the international consumer organisation.