Commission launches public consultation to review multiple Directives related to consumer protection

The European Commission (EC) has launched a public consultation on the review of the various directives related to consumer protection and consumer rights.

As part of the REFIT programme - which aims to make EU law simpler and to reduce regulatory costs, thus contributing to a clear, stable and predictable regulatory framework - the EC has begun a Fitness Check of Consumer and Marketing legislation. This consultation seeks to assess whether the following rules remain fit for purpose:

  • Directive 2005/29/EC concerning unfair business-to-consumer commercial practices in the internal market;
  • Directive 1999/44/EC on certain aspects of the sale of consumer goods and associated guarantees;
  • Directive 93/13/EEC on unfair terms in consumer contracts;
  • Directive 98/6/EC on consumer protection in the indication of the prices of products offered to consumers;
  • Directive 2006/114/EC concerning misleading and comparative advertising;
  • Directive 2009/22/EC on injunctions for the protection of consumers' interests.

The consultation also covers the Consumer Rights Directive (2011/83/EU which is the subject of separate evaluation.

Stakeholders (citizens, companies, associations, authorities, etc.) may respond to the questionnaire, which is available online, by 2 September 2016.

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