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EC launches public consultation on EU consumer & marketing law

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Commission launches public consultation on EU consumer & marketing lawThe European Commission has launched a public consultation on the evaluation of key EU consumer and marketing law directives. It will contribute to the Fitness Check of six directives and to the evaluation of the EU Consumer Rights Directive.

The six directives subject to the Fitness Check regulate issues such as price indication, guarantees for defective goods, unfair contract terms and unfair commercial practices and business to business marketing.

The Consumer Rights Directive deals with matters such as pre-contractual information and the right of withdrawal from contracts concluded online.

The Fitness Check is part of the Commission's Better Regulation effort and will establish whether directives are effective, coherent and provide EU-added value. I

t will look at the application of the current rules. It will also lay the basis for future initiatives that will better protect consumers and set a fair level-playing field for economic operators, especially SMEs.

The results of the public consultation will be presented at the next Consumer Summit on 17-18 October 2016 and will feed into the Commission's Fitness Check report as well as the evaluation report on the Consumer Rights Directive to be published in 2017.

The consultation is available here and will be open until 2 September 2016.

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