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Cooperation with third countries

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

The CPC Network has further 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 with ICPEN.

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International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network (ICPEN)

is a worldwide organisation gathering consumer protection authorities from more than 40 countries, most of which are members of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The aim of the Network is to share information about cross-border commercial activities that may affect consumer interests, and to encourage international cooperation among law enforcement agencies.

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

For more information, click here.

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Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development addresses a wide range of issues relevant to 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

The work of the CCP led to the OECD adopting a number of major policy documents, e.g.:

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