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19 Oct. 1972

Paris Summit

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 български (bg)czech (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)Français (fr)Gaeilge (ga)italiano (it)latviešu (lv)lietuvių (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv)].

17 Feb.1986

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 български (bg)czech (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)Français (fr)Gaeilge (ga)italiano (it)latviešu (lv)lietuvių (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv)).

7 Feb. 1992

Treaty of Maastricht

Consumer protection becomes an autonomous policy under the EU Treaties български (bg)czech (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)Français (fr)Gaeilge (ga)italiano (it)latviešu (lv)lietuvių (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv) and is listed among the strategic objectives.

13 Mar. 2007

Consumer Policy Strategy 2007-13

The overall objectives of the Strategy pdf български (bg)czech (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)Français (fr)Gaeilge (ga)italiano (it)latviešu (lv)lietuvių (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv) are to empower consumers, enhance their welfare and protect them effectively.

9 Feb. 2010

Barroso Commission II

Approval of the new Commission Choose translations of the previous link  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 Choose translations of the previous link  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 pdf Consumer Agendapdf 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.