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International cooperation

The Regulation on Consumer Protection Cooperation (CPC) is applicable in the whole European Economic Area. The consumer authorities of Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein are therefore also part of the CPC Network.

The CPC Network has the possibility of seeking cooperation with enforcement authorities in third countries, on the basis of international agreements. Potential candidates for such agreements are authorities in neighbouring countries, such as Switzerland, and those from countries with strong economic relations with the EU.

No international agreements have been concluded yet, but the Network cooperates in other ways with its international partners, for instance: International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network (ICPEN) or Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network (ICPEN)

ICPEN is a worldwide organisation gathering consumer protection authorities from numerous countries, most of which are members of the OECD.

The aim of ICPEN is to:

  • share information about cross-border commercial activities that may affect consumer interests;

  • encourage international cooperation among law enforcement agencies.

ICPEN functions under the principles of Memorandum of Understandingpdf. Its members meet twice a year in the country of the current ICPEN President.

 

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

OECD addresses a wide range of issues relevant for consumers, in particular through its Committee on Consumer Policy (CCP) of which the Commission is an active member.

The three main areas of work of the CCP are:

  • building consumer trust in the digital economy;

  • impact of new technologies and emerging business practices on consumers;

  • examining consumer policy regimes, including the economic underpinning of consumer policy and its interaction with competition policy.