What are the main tasks that consumer federations perform?

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The main function consumer federations serve is to make decisions around collective consumption. In every council level from ward up to the national, representatives propose, debate and vote on what collective goods and services to fund for their respective area and submit proposals during the annual participatory planning. 

During the year, consumer federations negotiate with the industry federations to adjust the current year’s plans where necessary.

Consumer federations also organise shopping outlets, represent and protect consumer rights, produce product information and organise independent testing and reviews of products to help consumers make informed decisions (similar to consumer organisations today, such as which.co.uk) .

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