As Director General of BEUC, Monique represents 40 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 (www.tacd.org), and Chair of Finance-Watch (www.finance-watch.org), 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 (www.consumersinternational.org).
Apart from championing consumer rights, Monique’s passions/challenges are helping her children try to become responsible adults, cooking for friends and long walks with her golden retriever.