on European Consumer Day : "no surprise on the plate" and
"minimum protection for consumers in Information
"No surprise on the plate, consumers'
health interests should be protected unconditionally".
With this key message Emma Bonino, European Commissioner
for Consumer Policy, celebrates today in Brussels the
first European Consumer Day at a European Economic and
Social Committee conference. Commissioner Bonino also
stressed that consumer questions should become a driving
force in the further development of the Information
Society : the Information Society should not develop to a
"new platform without law", but a minimum of legislation
should be guaranteed in order to protect consumers'
interests. Besides consumers protection, questions of
access to the new services and participation of consumers
should also be taken into account. The satisfaction of
consumers should be a decisive criteria for measuring the
success of the European Union's liberalisation policy.
Mrs Bonino announced that she would be available for an
interactive Internet chat with consumers on Wednesday, 24
of march between 6 pm and 8 pm. The chatline is reachable
under : http://europa.eu/chatbonino. Questions can also
be sent there in advance.
Released on 18/03/99