National cooperation/consumer protection laws

EESC opinion: National cooperation/consumer protection laws


Key points:

The overall goals of the proposed amending regulation are to ensure that Regulation (EC) No 2006/2004 remains efficient and continues to guarantee that there is no discrimination between intra-EU and national transactions as to the effectiveness and efficiency with which infringements are pursued by the competent national authorities.

The EESC supports the Commission's proposal and welcomes its intention to introduce greater legal security, certainty and clarity into EU legislation.

However, the EESC regrets that the proposed revision is so short on content and does not deal with all of the aspects of the regulation that need to be amended in light of experience since the entry into force of Regulation (EC) No 2006/2004.

The EESC calls upon the Commission, in its revision of Regulation (EC) No 2006/2004, to take account of the recommendations contained in this document aimed at improving the workings of the current cooperation between authorities responsible for consumer affairs.