The Single Market has made it easier for EU consumers and businesses to buy and sell goods and services in their country or cross-border, on- or offline. But this requires trust in the market, modern laws and efficient enforcement.
The EESC aims to ensure consumers have the rights and protection they need, and to identify and combat unfair and illegal trading practices. We also promote more sustainable consumption patterns, and cooperate with national consumer councils.
The annual European Consumer Day Conference, held since 1999, is the high point of the consumer calendar.
Within the consumer theme, we address a number of specific topics, including:
Enforcement of consumers’ rights
Consumers and financial services
Consumption and poverty
They are mainly dealt with by the Section for the Single Market, Production and Consumption (INT), where members with specific experience and expertise – some from national consumer councils – ensure that all Europeans’ interests are taken into account in policy proposals and decisions.