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Second assembly of consumer associations in Europe, 18-19 November - Consumer policy seminar for candidate countries, 17 November

The Health and Consumer Directorate-General of the European Commission will be organising its second assembly of consumer associations in Europe on 18 and 19 November 1999. Around 250 representatives from more than 110 consumer organisations from the European Union will meet in Brussels to discuss consumer policy. Some of the largest consumer associations in Europe will attend, such as the Consumers' Association from the United Kingdom, Consumentenbond from the Netherlands, Forbrugerrådet from Denmark, UFC from France and Test Achats from Belgium plus many others. The opening session will see speeches of the Finnish Minister in charge of Consumer affairs, Kimmo Sasi, and the President of the Consumers Union of the US, Rhoda Karpatkin. David Byrne, Commissioner for Consumer Protection and Health, will address the assembly in the afternoon of the same day and Pascal Lamy, Commissioner for Trade, will speak on Friday afternoon. A seminar with about 60 participants from governments and consumer organisations of all candidate countries will be organised on 17 November. The main purpose of the seminar is to discuss the roles of the public and private sector in searching new approaches to consumer policy to ensure that consumers are effectively protected. The plenary sessions of the assembly and the seminar with the candidate countries are open to journalist. It will take place in the Charlemagne Building, rue de la Loi 170. Journalists are invited to participate on simple presentation of their press-card.

A detailed programme of the assembly is available on the Internet ( http://ec.europa.eu/dg24/events/event17_en.html ).

Released on 12/11/99

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