ConPolicy Newsletter 2018 - 4

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In today's issue ConPolicy informs you about: 

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Your ConPolicy team

  News about ConPolicy

Conference of the CDR-Initiative
Corporate Digital Responsibility: Shaping digitalization responsibly

The members of the CDR-Initiative presented their working results on responsible corporate action in the digital world at a public conference on April 2nd, 2019.

ConPolicy-director Prof. Dr. Christian Thorun and project manager Dr. Sara Elisa Kettner also had an active part and moderated together with SAP and the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection two workshops on personal digital assistants. Hereby they also applied the scenario-technique that was developed within the CDR-Initiative.

The CDR-Initiative was installed by the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection in May 2018 and its members are Deutsche Telekom, Miele, Otto, SAP, Telefonica and Zeit Online.

First results of the initiative may be found here.

Ukrainian consumer protection delegation at a study tour in Berlin
ConPolicy hosts seminar about an evidence-based consumer policy

This week a group of representatives from Ukrainian consumer protection NGOs is visiting Berlin to learn more about consumer protection in Germany. In this context the participants ought to learn more about the institutional landscape in consumer protection in Germany, its legal basis and the pros and cons of the German system.

In a seminar ConPolicy-Executive Director, Prof. Dr. Christian Thorun, explained the role of an evidence-based consumer policy in Germany and the European Union, what methods could be applied and how they could be transposed to the Ukraine.

The study tour is organized by the Institute for European Politics and financed by the German Foreign Office.

Study for the Ministry of Rural Affairs and Consumer Protection of Baden-Württemberg
New project on digitalization and sustainable consumption


On the Internet, the information landscape on many topics is very confusing for consumers. ConPolicy conducted a study on how consumer information could and should be improved online. The study was carried out on behalf of the Ministry of Rural Affairs and Consumer Protection of Baden-Württemberg (MLR) and has now been completed. 

Further information can be found here.


Project Green Nudging
ConPolicy participates in the Networking Meeting of the National Climate Initiative

Since November, ConPolicy has been developing and evaluating measures in the Green Nudging project to nudge climate-friendly behavior of employees in different companies. The joint project is funded by the National Climate Initiative (NKI) and implemented together with three energy agencies from Bremen, the Rhine-Neckar district and Saxony.

At this year's networking meeting of the NKI in Berlin on 19 and 20 March, ConPolicy used the opportunity to get to know the actors of other innovative climate protection projects, to exchange experiences and to inform about the own project.

Platform for Consumer Issues at the Center for Digitalization Bavaria
ConPolicy-Executive Director Prof. Dr. Christian nominated as one of three speakers

In the year 2019 the Platform for Consumer Issues in the area of Digitalization was initiated at the Center for Digitalization Bavaria (ZD.B). The Platform aims at fostering the development and dissemination of consumer-friendly products, services and business models and contributing to a consumer-friendly political environment. To these ends, the platform contributes on the one hand to other ZD-B-initiatives. On the other hand, it works together with public and private consumer protection organizations, companies and academics. Privacy by design as well as Corporate Digital Responsibility will be two focal issues this year.

At today’s network-conference there speakers were nominated. In addition to Christin Eisenschmid (Executive Director and General Manager Intel Germany) and Prof. Dr. Dirk Heckmann (University of Passau) ConPolicy-Executive Director Prof. Dr. Christian Thorun was nominated by Minister of State Thorsten Glauber.

The speakers’ responsibility is to assist the work of the platform by means of their expertise and network.

  Consumer policy news

Consumer protection
More transparency for car rental prices and services

Five major car rental companies (Avis, Europcar, Enterprise, Hertz and Sixt) have changed their price disclosure in order to comply with EU consumer… Read more

Commission wants to simplify energy labels for consumer goods

Today, the Commission agreed to renew the energy labeling system for home appliances by removing the top energy classes of ‘A+’,’A++’ and ‘A+++’ and… Read more

  Recommended reading

Bala, C. & W. Schuldzinski (Eds.)
The trusting consumer – Between regulation and information

Trust plays an important role when purchasing: Are the groceries really safe? Is the product actually organic, when it is labeled as such? Can I rely… Read more

Seizov, O. & A. Wulf & J. Luzak
The transparent trap: A multidisciplinary perspective on the design of transparent online disclosures in the EU

In its drive to prevent market failures and safeguard consumers, the European legislator has embraced the information approach. In the context of… Read more

Trade negotiations and regulatory dialogues with the united states

In July 2018, the EU and US agreed to work on improving their trading relationship, fraught by tense debates on tariffs, as shown by this joint… Read more

Using Blockchain in the integrated energy transition

The use of the blockchain in individual fields of application in the field of energy can be an added value for companies from an economic,… Read more