Key dates RSS
19 Oct. 1972
Consumer protection is identified as measure to achieve the goals of what was then known as the European Communities, as defined in the Rome Treaties.
14 Apr. 1975
First Consumer Protection Programme
The cornerstones of Europe's consumer policy are defined by the Council as "protecting the health, safety and economic interests of the consumer" [first Consumer Protection Programme ].
Single European Act
Introduction of a requirement to adopt a high level of consumer protection in activities aimed at the harmonisation of national laws in the EU countries (Article 18 ).
7 Feb. 1992
Treaty of Maastricht
Consumer protection becomes an autonomous policy under the EU Treaties and is listed among the strategic objectives.
13 Mar. 2007
Consumer Policy Strategy 2007-13
The overall objectives of the Strategy are to empower consumers, enhance their welfare and protect them effectively.
9 Feb. 2010
Barroso Commission II
Approval of the new Commission under José Manuel Barroso, giving Commissioner Reding and the DG for Justice, Liberty and Security responsibility for consumer contract and marketing law.
22 May 2012
European Consumer Agenda
The European Commission publishes its strategic vision for EU consumer policy for the years to come, aimed to maximise consumer participation and trust in the market.
Built around four main objectives the European Consumer Agenda aims to increase confidence by: reinforcing consumer safety; enhancing knowledge; stepping up enforcement and securing redress; aligning consumer rights and policies to changes in society and in the economy.
It also presents a number of key actions to be implemented between now and 2014.