Altroconsumo is the biggest Italian nonprofit consumer organization. It was established in 1973 with the name Comitato Difesa Consumatori (Consumers protection committee) and it aims at informing and protecting consumers through its many publications, advisory and action services. With more than 370.000 members, it has become a meeting point for all citizens.
Membership fees are the main source of funding. It collaborates with institutions, companies and consumers, thereby spreading education, information and skills. It organizes the Altroconsumo annual festival, conferences regarding economic, legal and scientific topics, and it establishes a dialogue with universities and other Institutions.
The association is a member of BEUC (The European Consumer Organisation) and Consumers International.
The headquarters is located in Milan, but it also has regional representatives in Piedmont, Liguria, Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Lazio, Trento, Bolzano, Campania, Calabria, Basilicata, Sicily, Sardinia, Umbria, Apulia and Abruzzo.
Altroconsumo magazine informs and advises consumers about safety, health and quality of purchases. The website offers its members various services, thanks to the comparison app for prices and services, different products can be compared. Each comparison has a selection guide and an explanation regarding the performed tests. Electricity tariffs, heating, land line and mobile phone tariffs can all be compared, and databases regarding civil risk for cars and motorcycles, loans, credit cards and current accounts can be consulted.
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