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Consumers (04-02-2011)

Commission launches public consultation on collective redress

On 4 February, the European Commission launched a public consultation “Towards a more coherent European approach to collective redress”. Contributions can be sent until 30 April 2011.

The Commission, as a public authority and the guardian of the EU Treaties, enforces EU law.

In parallel, individuals and business can seek enforcement of their rights under EU law in national courts.

In some cases, the violation of EU law may trigger multiple individual lawsuits.

The Commission’s public consultation will attempt to identify common legal principles that should underpin collective actions across the EU (such as the need for effectiveness and efficiency, information for citizens and safeguards against abusive litigation).


The Commission has worked for several years on developing European standards of collective redress in the field of consumer and competition law.

The Commission adopted a Green Paper on antitrust damages actions in 2005 and a White Paper in 2008 , both of which include a chapter on collective redress.

In 2008, the Commission also published a Green Paper on consumer collective redress.

Vice-President Reding, Vice-President Almunia and Commissioner Dalli discussed the challenges of collective redress at the Commission meeting on 12 October 2010 during an orientation debate.

The result of this debate is the public consultation launched today.

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