Long-term EU budget: MEPs slam cuts to culture and education

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Culture and Education Committee criticised the cuts to education and cultural programmes made by the Commission in its new proposal for the 2021-2027 budget. In a debate on Monday in the Culture and Education Committee with the Commission, all MEPs referred to cuts […]

New rules allow EU consumers to defend their rights collectively

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament and Council negotiators reached a deal on the first EU-wide rules on collective redress, on Monday. The new rules introduce a harmonised model for representative action in all member states that guarantees consumers are well protected against mass harm, while at the same […]

More than half of EU consumers have environmental impact in mind when shopping, new survey reveals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the European Commission released its 2019 edition of the Consumer Conditions Scoreboard. It shows that the overall gap in consumer conditions is narrowing between the different regions of the EU; that consumers are more aware about their environmental footprint; and that consumer rules […]

Protecting European consumers: toys and cars on top of the list of dangerous products

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission released its 2018 report on the Safety Gate for dangerous products, the former Rapid Alert System. The report shows that authorities exchanged 2,257 alerts on dangerous products. Toys’ belonged to the most notified product category (31%), followed by ‘motor vehicles’ […]

New rules to help consumers join forces to seek compensation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Rules allowing groups of consumers harmed by illegal practices to launch collective actions and seek compensation were confirmed by plenary on Tuesday. Currently, only 19 member states provide some form of legal remedy to victims of mass harm and proceedings can often be lengthy […]

Food safety: Enhancing consumer trust in EU risk assessment and authorisation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Draft rules to ensure the EU risk assessment procedure for food safety is more transparent and independent were informally agreed with the Romanian Presidency. The new rules, agreed on Monday night, aim to improve transparency in risk assessment and ensure that studies submitted by […]

First EU collective redress mechanism to protect consumers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Rules allowing groups of consumers harmed by illegal practices to launch collective actions and seek compensation were approved by Legal Affairs Committee. Currently, only 19 member states provide some form of legal remedy to victims of mass harm and proceedings can often be lengthy […]