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Safety of services

Services constitute a large and increasing part of EU economies and are important determinants of competitiveness and growth. Their safety is a key focus area for the European Commission, which aims to protect consumers from risks and accidents that may occur when using a service.

The European Commission collects data and information on risk and safety aspects of services in order to strengthen the knowledge base and inform policy action.

Safety of tourism accommodation services

In 2014, the Commission ran a Green Paper consultation to collect information and evidence on consumers' experiences with tourism accommodation safety.

From the feedback received, no connection has been established between the existing regulatory framework across Member States, the absence of EU level regulation due to subsidiarity and risks to consumers.

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2012 Eurobarometer on service safety

In 2012, a Flash Eurobarometer Report on Service Safetypdf Choose translations of the previous link  survey questioned over 25 000 people across the EU on the safety of tourism services e.g. accommodation, organised outdoor activities, swimming pools, beauty and wellness centres, amusement parks, fairgrounds. The results show:

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    wide use of the surveyed services and the persistence of accidents;

  • consumers are most likely to report accidents when using organised outdoor leisure activities;

  • children are a vulnerable category;

  • the safety issues refer to the lack of information on safety and qualified staff.

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