Consumer Protection Cooperation [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Jana Valant (1st edition),

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The Commission estimates that the detriment to consumers caused by non-compliance with basic EU consumer rules in certain cross-border online markets and also by inefficient cross-border enforcement amounts to €770 million per year.

To remedy this, the Commission has presented a legislative proposal to review the existing rules on consumer protection cooperation between enforcement authorities as part of its e-commerce package in May 2016. The aim is to clarify the rules and to give more powers to national enforcement authorities, most importantly to enable them to address unlawful online practices and improve coordination among them.

Stakeholders have in general welcomed the move to improve cooperation between enforcement authorities. The Slovak Council Presidency aims to reach a general approach by the end of 2016. Within the European Parliament, the file has been assigned to the IMCO Committee.




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