06/12/2012 at 11:30
Where: Brussels, Belgium
Topic: Environment, consumers and health
Organiser: European Commission
On 6 December, Commissioner Tonio Borg will present the initial findings of the 2012 Sweep, an EU wide screening of websites selling games, books, videos and music, which can be downloaded to a computer or mobile device. The check shows that a huge number of these websites do not appear to comply with consumer protection rules. This is all the more worrying when vulnerable consumers, i.e. children, are targeted. National enforcement authorities will now contact the companies concerned to enable them to clarify their position or correct their website.
An "EU-sweep" is a joint EU enforcement action to check for compliance with consumer protection laws. It involves a targeted and coordinated check on a particular sector. National enforcement authorities then follow up, contacting the noncompliant business operators asking that they come into line with the relevant requirements. Legal action can be taken against operators who violate EU consumer law. National authorities investigate and take enforcement actions for national cases. For cross-border cases, enforcement authorities request assistance from colleagues in other Member States (e.g. where the trader operates from another country). This is done via the Consumer Protection Co-operation Network of national enforcement authorities.
11.30 Press conference with Tonio Borg, European Commissioner in charge of Health and Consumers together with Mrs Nathalie Homobono, Director General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Repression of Fraud.
IP and MEMO will be available on the day.