Written by Jana Valant (2nd edition),
The Commission estimates that the detriment to consumers caused by non-compliance with basic EU consumer rules in certain cross-border online markets and also by inefficient cross-border enforcement amounts to €770 million per year.
To remedy this, the Commission has presented a legislative proposal to review the existing rules on consumer protection cooperation between enforcement authorities as part of its e-commerce package in May 2016. The aim is to clarify the rules and to give more powers to national enforcement authorities, most importantly to enable them to address unlawful online practices and improve coordination among them.
Stakeholders have, in general, welcomed the move to improve cooperation between enforcement authorities and the European Economic and Social Committee in its opinion of 19 October 2016 supported the proposal. The Maltese Council Presidency aims to reach a general approach in February 2017, when the Parliament’s IMCO committee is also expected to consider amendments to the draft report, presented by the rapporteur on 30 November 2016.
|Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on cooperation between national authorities responsible for the enforcement of consumer protection laws|
|Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO)
Olga Sehnalová (S&D, Czech Republic)
Carlos Coelho (EPP, Portugal)
Richard Sulík (ECR, Slovakia)
Robert Rochefort (ALDE, France)
Pascal Durand (Greens/EFA, France)
Mylène Troszczynski (ENF, France)
|COM(2016) 283, 25.5.2016, 2016/0148 (COD)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD, Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
|Next steps expected:||Consideration of amendments and vote in IMCO Committee|