European Union: Commission to strengthen systems to enforce consumer law

Today the European Commission adopted a “consumer enforcement package” to strengthen the EU-wide enforcement of consumer rules. The package consists of: a Communication setting out five priority areas for action, and a report on the first two years of application of the Consumer Protection Cooperation (CPC) Regulation1, which established an EU wide network of public authorities enforcing consumer rules in the Member States (“CPC Network”), for example, with EU wide investigations into websites selling airline ticket or ringtone subscriptions for children. Effective enforcement of consumer law is major priority for EU consumer policy – both in terms of ensuring that consumers feel the full benefits of their consumer rights in their daily lives, as well as establishing a level playing field for firms in a competitive single market.Source: EU press release IP/09/1080 of 2 July 2009; find full text here>>.

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