Citizens Save Forests: How Palm Oil Plantations stop Deforestation

The Indonesian government’s sustainability policies are beginning to bear fruit. According to the latest data published by Global Forest Watch, the situation in Indonesia is clearly improving. Government’s policies have achieved tangible immediate results. Primary forest loss has fallen to its lowest level since 2003, continuing the promising decline started in 2016. Over the past […]

Reach for Gold: IP and Sports – World IP Day 2019

Celebrating 2019 World IP Day   Open Letter to WIPO Director General Francis Gurry for the World IP Day Today, April 26, 2019, we the undersigned think tanks are delighted to celebrate World Intellectual Property Day with you. Intellectual property rights (IPRs), without a doubt, are essential to the continued flourishing of human life and economic growth […]

Public Procurement in Europe: Disparity of Treatment


Public contracts in Europe continue to go to countries that do not allow European competitors to bid for their public tenders. A current debate topic has risen regarding the procurement of public contracts within the EU, with a focus on Chinese companies that continue to win European public contracts, despite EU companies being excluded from […]

Brussels: April 4 – “Palm Oil Free” Fad: Facts, Fiction and Misleading Claims

“Palm Oil Free” Fad: Facts, Fiction and Misleading ClaimsThursday 4 April – 8:45 AM  Room A5E-3, European Parliament Rue Wiertz 60, 1047 Brussels Are “Palm Oil Free” products better for health and the environment? Are “Palm Oil Free” claims helpful for the consumer? Are they anti-competitive?   We discussed with: Alberto Cirio – Member of the European Parliament Giacomo Bandini – For Free […]

Save the Date: March 21 – Fake News, Hoaxes and Food Labeling

On March 21 at the Italian Chamber of Deputies (Nilde Iotti Room) the ForFreeChoice Institute will host the event Fake News, Hoaxes and Food Labeling ForFreeChoice Institute will present the comparative study “Palm Oil Free, With More Saturated Fats and Less Sustainability”   The panel speakers will be: MP Beatrice Lorenzin, Former Minister of Health […]

The EU’s circular economy approach to plastics and its beneficial effects on the economy.


In 2015 the European Commission launched a Circular Economy Package, and now, there is a growing focus on plastics in a circular economy; in 2018, the commission released the first Europe-wide plastic strategy. Since then, innovators have shown great interest and excitement for what this may mean for their business and the EU economy as […]

Dear EU Commission, E-cigarettes are not poison

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Why the European Commissions’ comparison of e-cigarettes to ‘poison’ is invalid and dangerous, and why the use of e-cigarettes is a beneficial substitute to smokers. Recently, Arūnas Vinčiūnas, head of the cabinet of EU Health Commissioner came out calling e-cigarettes “poison,” which was followed by debate and a strong reaction from many e-cigarette stakeholders. This […]

EU Agriculture Commission: Enough with the Hypocrisy on the Livestock Industry


Several MPs of the European Parliament Agriculture Commission have proposed to reduce subsidies for intensive agriculture and livestock farming. Finally. This reform, which must be firstly approved by the European Parliament before the end of the mandate, presents itself as a concrete measure to curb the livestock industry and (consequently ) the damages it causes […]