EU Consumer Law and Policy

EU Consumer Law and Policy

Second Edition

Elgar European Law series

Stephen Weatherill

This new edition of Stephen Weatherill’s acclaimed book provides a comprehensive introduction to all facets of the EU’s involvement in consumer law and policy. Consumers are expected to benefit from the EU’s project of economic integration, enjoying wider choice and improved quality, and yet they need protection from the dangers that flow from malfunctioning and unfair markets. The EU’s consumer law and policy is an attempt to have the best of both worlds – a liberalised yet properly regulated trading space for Europe.

Chapter 2: Negative law and market integration

Stephen Weatherill

Subjects: law - academic, consumer law, european law


The transformation of relatively small-scale national markets into a large, single Union-wide market will stimulate competition and induce producers to achieve maximum efficiency in order to protect, and a fortiori to expand, their market share. As a matter of economic theory, this intensification of competition should serve the consumer by increasing the available choice of goods and services, thereby inducing improvements in their quality and reduction in their price.

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