On April 8th in EP Plenary, the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee voted the “EU Consumer Policy strategy 2007-2013″ report. Bilyana Raeva, Member of the European Parliament, tabled amendments to the Report. Some of the amendments have been taken in consideration as compromises by the reporter and they have been adopted. The amendments tabled by Bilyana Raeva aimed to orientate the text towards the consumer strategy priorities.
Amendment 6, Paragraph 3 encourages the Commission to take further steps towards consumer protection, including privacy and security, especially in the digital world, in the context of the review of the Community acquis without, however, putting additional and unjustified burden on the private sector.
Paragraph 8, Amendment 21 recalls, that the CE mark can too easily be wrongly interpreted as an indication of third-party safety or qualitative testing and/or a mark of origin.
Amendment 40, Paragraph 15 underlines the fact that the EU Member States and all stakeholders should invest more in consumer information and education campaigns that target the right messages to the right consumer segment; holds the view that consumer education should start at primary school level and that such education needs to be an integral part of life-long learning.
The Report also incorporates the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee proposals. Bilyana Raeva was a reporter in shade on the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee position. It stresses that the completion of the EU internal market must be a priority .It is of utmost importance for the new Member States to continue with reforms in order to be able to adopt the euro as soon as they can fulfill the Maastricht criteria. This allows them to benefit fully from the positive impact of the single currency on the internal market. It calls for the removal of all remaining barriers and obstacles in order to secure consumer confidence in cross-border purchases or contracts, particularly concerning services, but keeping in mind the necessity for specific approach with regard to language, culture and customers’ preferences barriers.