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European Commission - Press release

Consumers: the European Commission asks Belgium and France to comply with EU rules on unfair practices

Brussels, 29 September 2011 - The European Commission has today stepped up legal action against Belgium and France for non-compliance with the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive (Directive 2005/29/EC). This Directive aims to facilitate trade by creating a single set of rules for commercial practices in the EU's Single Market. Despite amending some aspects of their law following action by the Commission, Belgium and France have not yet brought their national provisions fully in line with EU law. Since Belgium did not comply with the Commission's reasoned opinion sent in March 2011, the Commission has decided to take the matter to the Court of Justice. In the case of France, the Commission has decided to issue a reasoned opinion.

For more information:


European Commission – Unfair commercial practices

Homepage of Vice-President Viviane Reding, EU Justice Commissioner:

Contacts :

Matthew Newman (+32 2 296 24 06)

Mina Andreeva (+32 2 299 13 82)

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