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A New Deal for Consumers: Operators of online platforms should also be liable

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Brussels, 10 October 2018

A New Deal for Consumers:

Operators of online platforms should also be liable

The rapporteur, Samuel Azzopardi, believes that the EC’s proposal is a move in the right direction, but regrets that rules on the liability of online marketplaces are missing

With an opinion drawn up by Samuel Azzopardi (MT/EPP), councillor, Rabat Citta Victoria, Local Council, Gozo, the European Committee of the Regions welcomes the publication of the EC’s proposal to lay down a minimum EU-wide framework for collective redress scheme mechanisms across the Member States, which could bring a real opportunity for consumers to obtain redress in cases of mass damage. The revision and update of existing consumer rules in response to current challenges ensures that such rules remain relevant and fit for purpose. This should, however, only be considered as a first step in the right direction.

The opinionadopted at the plenary session on 10 October, reflects on the EC’s proposal to lay down a minimum EU-wide framework for collective redress scheme mechanisms, bringing an opportunity for consumers to obtain redress in the event of mass damage and thus plugging the current gap in the enforcement of EU consumer rights. It also seeks to modernise consumer rights. The Committee supports the broad scope of the proposal for making a real impact in areas where mass harm occurs and covering other practices that are detrimental to consumers and more largely to the public.

The rapporteur, Samuel Azzopardi, recommends that collective redress mechanisms be extended to other cases of mass harm, including cases of mass environmental damage, harm done to common goods, and in respect of health and safety regulations or violations of employment rights, in order to bring about easier access to justice for all Europeans. He also draws attention to the fact that consumer organisations which can be designated as qualified entities may have limited financial capacities. Consumer organisations in smaller Member States are concerned in particular. Lack of financial capacity should not hinder organisations from being designated as qualified entities.

“European consumers and citizens need stronger protection and legal security”, said rapporteur Azzopardi. “I believe that the right of withdrawal is an important consumer right that should not be weakened in the absence of any conclusive evidence of misuse”. In this respect, the report points out that the minimum fine for widespread infringements, amounting to 4% of a trader’s annual turnover, is not adequately dissuasive.

Finally, the report regrets that rules on the liability of online marketplaces are missing in the EC’s proposal. “Operators of online platforms should be liable in cases where they fail to inform consumers that a third party is the actual supplier of goods or services or where they fail to remove misleading information disseminated by the supplier, which has been reported to the operator”, said Mr Azzopardi.

Contact:

Branislav Stanicek

Tel. +32 22822471

branislav.stanicek@cor.europa.eu


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Get ready for the cypto showdown of the century!

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Get ready for the cypto showdown of the century!

In just 2 weeks, some of the greatest crypto minds will illuminate the much anticipated Malta Blockchain Summit. The Regulatory Conference and The Marketing & Investment Conference will storm the stage during day one.

The Regulatory Conference

The Regulatory Conference kicks off the expo and attracts some of the most prominent personalities of the industry. Prime Minister of Malta, the Honourable Joseph Muscat will set the standard with his keynote speech, welcoming the movers and shakers of the crypto sphere. Around lunchtime, the cream of the crypto crop shake-up the conference with the ICO Pitch. The industry innovators of the sphere will battle it out for an illustrious 50k crypto prize.

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The Marketing & Investment Conference

The afternoon heats up with the Marketing & Investment Conference. Liaise amongst some of the key figures of the crypto scene and spark up a debate about the topics that troop the industry. One of the most impressive instances of this Conference is the appearance of AI inspiration, Sophia the robot, where in collaboration with her creator, she will give her take on ICO investment.

With the countdown in its penultimate week, the curtain for final tickets is closing. Secure your spot in one of the most momentous conferences to shake the industry – not to forget the deluxe soirees that follow.

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The inaugural edition of the Block is officially out. Packed to the rafters with interviews and cutting-edge features, the bi-annual publication illuminates the cutting-edge applications of blockchain and DLT, with a specific focus on how this exciting new tech has captured the imagination of the Maltese Islands.

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Pitching sessions from more than 150 start-ups, leading energy experts, live product demonstrations and much more

InnoEnergy, Europe’s largest sustainable energy innovation engine, will host the sixth edition of “The Business Booster” (TBB), Europe´s catalyst for clean energy innovations. This year´s event, taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark, Continue reading