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Croatia – Health and Consumers
Candidate countries conduct negotiations with the European Union (EU) in order to prepare themselves for accession. The accession negotiations cover the adoption and implementation of European legislation (acquis) and, more specifically, the priorities identified jointly by the Commission and the candidate countries in the analytical assessment (or ‘screening’) of the EU’s political and legislative acquis. Each year, the Commission reviews the progress made by candidates and evaluates the efforts required before their accession. This monitoring is the subject of annual reports presented to the Council and the European Parliament.
Commission Report [COM(2010) 660 final – SEC(2010) 1326 – Not published in the Official Journal].
The 2010 Report notes significant progress in consumer protection and health. Alignment with the acquis has progressed. Howerver, the administrative resources and capacity for action must be strengthened.
EUROPEAN UNION ACQUIS (according to the Commission's words)
The acquis in this area covers protection of the economic interests of consumers (misleading and comparative advertising, price indication, consumer credit, unfair contract terms, distance and doorstep selling, package travel, timeshare, injunctions for the protection of consumers' interests, certain aspects of the sale of consumer goods and associated guarantees), as well as general product safety (liability for defective products, dangerous imitations and general safety of goods) and distance marketing of consumer financial services. The Member States of the European Union (EU) must effectively enforce the acquis through appropriate judicial and out-of-court dispute resolution mechanisms as well as administrative systems, including market surveillance and an active role for consumer organisations. This chapter also covers certain binding rules with regard to public health.
EVALUATION (according to the Commission's words)
There has been good progress in the area of consumer and health protection. A good level of alignment has been achieved.
Sustained efforts are necessary to strengthen further administrative capacity.
- Website of the Directorate General for Enlargement, Enlargement Strategy and Progress Reports 2010