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Consumers (21-05-2008)

Commission Holds First of Three Stakeholder Workshops on Consumer Collective Redress

Yesterday the Commission held a workshop on consumer collective redress in Brussels with representatives from European consumer organisations.


The aim of the workshop was to discuss substantive and technical issues relating to consumer collective redress which are of specific interest to consumer organisations, such as funding, the status of representative parties and the distribution of proceeds.


The Commission provided also feedback on the results of the Commission's consultation on the benchmarks that effective and efficient collective redress mechanisms should respect in order to provide satisfactory redress for consumers.


In addition, the audience was informed on the progress of the two ongoing collective redress studies launched by the Commission.


The next workshops will take place on May 29th and June 6th and will tackle collective redress issues of specific interest to businesses and to legal practitioners.


For further information concerning the Commission's work in relation to consumer collective redress and for a list of the consumer collective redress benchmarks, please see:

http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/redress_cons/collective_redress_en.htm.