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  General Q&A on Guidance on the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive (2005/29/EC)slide

Why has the Commission decided to issue Guidance on the application of the Directive?

Who is this Guidance intended for?

Is the Guidance legally binding?

Why does the Guidance not cover all the provisions of the Directive?

What about the provisions not covered by the Guidance?

The Guidance will evolve as the knowledge of unfair practices grows and according to the input received from national authorities, the emergence of new practices and the development of European and national case law. Clarification on other provisions of the Directive will therefore be provided in future updates to the Guidance.

For example, topics which may be covered in the future include the application of the general clause (Article 5 of the Directive) or the concept of professional diligence. In addition, other blacklisted practices may be subject to further clarification in the future.

How often will the Guidance be updated?

Who was consulted on this Guidance?

How can I provide comments on this Guidance?

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