Head Policy and Enforcement at Euroconsumers
Els Bruggeman is Head Policy and Enforcement at Euroconsumers, a leading consumer cluster that gathers five national consumer organisations: Test Achats (Belgium), Altroconsumo (Italy), OCU (Spain), Deco Proteste (Porugal) and Proteste (Brazil). Together they represent almost one and a half million consumers. Els is responsible for the coordination of all policy related issues and the joint enforcement cases, e.g. the class actions against Volkswagen (Dieselgate) and Apple (premature obsolescence) that were launched in Belgium, Italy, Spain and Portugal.
Els joined the consumer movement in 2014 when she started working as EU Public Affairs advisor for the Belgian consumer organisation Test Achats/Test Aankoop. Before she was active for more than 10 years in the political world, both as policy advisor and spokesperson i.a. for the Belgian minister of consumer protection.
Els Bruggeman has master degrees in both History and Law, and advanced masters in International Politics and Conflict & Development Studies. She is a member of the Executive Board of BEUC (European umbrella organization for consumers) and the Steering Committee of the Trans-Atlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD).