The EU Institutions Double Standard For Transparency

If you have ever looked into the past voting history of the European Commission and European Parliament you may have noticed there isn’t any public record. You cannot see past members or current members vote on different issues.  While the European Commission continues to demand more and more transparency from everyone else, they have made […]

A New Clown in Town: The New Farce of Food Certification

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In Europe, the absence of legislation that protect consumers is now favoring the speculation of fake food certifications: the case of the “free from palm oil” claim. FAKE-STICKERS   The International Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark Program (POFCAP) is the new clown in town. They would like to deceive European consumers with an alleged sticker […]

Citizens’ Victory: Indonesia Stands Against “Free From” Claims Too

After Turkey and the USA, Indonesia bans the “free from palm oil” claim. Several other countries are considering intervening in this regard. Unfortunately, In Europe, Competition Authorities turn their heads the other way, escaping their responsibility towards citizens. In Indonesia, consumers’ rights are more considered than in Europe. The Government of Jakarta has banned the […]

Citizens Assembly: A Disruptive Yet Beneficial Proposal

What’s the solution to this period of difficulty of democracies? On one hand we have the populist solutions, actually very similar to the old ones. On the other, institutions could embrace innovative proposals like the citizens assembly created in Ireland in 2016.  Today, a major challenge for democracies and governments is hearing the voice of […]