Judgement of the Court of Justice in the case VTB-VAB NV/Total Belgium NV and Galatea BVBA/Sanoma Magazines Belgium NV (C-261/07 et C-299/07) on approximation of laws

Type: Report   Reference: I-061321   Duration: 11:20:22  Lieu:
End production: 23/04/2009
The Luxembourg-based Court of Justice of the EC ruled on 23 April 2009 in joined cases C-261/07 and C-299/07 VTB-VAB NV v Total Belgium NV and Galatea BVBA v Sanoma Magazines Belgium NV. The Court said that community law precludes national legislation which, without taking account of the specific circumstances, prohibits any combined offer made by a vendor to a European consumer. EU Member States may not adopt measures that are more restrictive than those defined by the Directive on unfair commercial practices, even in order to ensure a higher level of consumer protection. The European Unfair Commercial Practices Directive 1 is intended to contribute to the proper functioning of the internal market and to achieve a high level of consumer protection. It establishes a general prohibition of unfair commercial practices likely to distort consumers’ economic behaviour. It also lays down rules on misleading or aggressive commercial practices.

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11:18:42 Exterior views of the Court of Justice of the EC (2 shots) 00:00:10
11:18:52 General atmosphere inside the court room (2 shots) 00:00:20
11:19:12 Arrival of ECJ Judges in the court room 00:00:15
11:19:27 Cutaway of cameraman 00:00:04
11:19:31 Soundbite by Peter Jann, Judge at the Court of Justice of the EC, reading the judgments in joined cases C-261/07 & C-299/07, VTB-VAB (in FRENCH) 00:00:51
11:20:22 Cutaways (4 shots) 00:00:34
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