I hope that by the middle of 2019 a decision will be taken on the legal change related to double standards in food, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Vera Jourova told a press conference in connection with an international forum on double standards in food in the EU,
Focus News Agency
reported. At a conference on consumer protection today, Commissioner Jourova presented a new economic package from April 2018 with provisions for class action and sanctions in case of cross-border infringements.
All agree that there is a problem with double standards in food, she said. “In the past it was said to be something quite marginal and minor, but now the problem is realised. In Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and the Baltic countries, there is more enthusiasm on this issue. I am satisfied. I hope that the Council, the member states and the European Parliament will take a decision and will reach an agreement by mid-2019 on the change in legislation,” Jourova said. As far as the methodology is concerned, it is ready and can be immediately implemented, she added. The commissioner also said that efforts in this field should include active cooperation with producers. In addition, the Commission wants close cooperation between the consumer protection organisations of member states rather than the creation of a single controlling body as proposed by Bulgarian Ombudswoman Maya Manolova.
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