EU Consumer Law and Policy
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EU Consumer Law and Policy

Second Edition

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.
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Chapter 9: Product safety regulation

Second Edition

Stephen Weatherill


The development of a harmonised EU system of product safety regulation ‘on paper’ is far less problematic than harmonisation in other sectors. It is hardly controversial to assert that there should be a requirement throughout the EU that unsafe products should not be placed on the market. To this extent, progress towards EU norms governing the health and safety of consumers raises far fewer fundamental questions of legal culture and regulatory technique than arise in the field of legal action to protect the economic interests of consumers. And consumer safety has long been high on the EU’s agenda, from the very first Council Resolution of April 1975 on a preliminary programme for a consumer protection and information policy, which summed up consumer interests in a statement of five basic rights, the first of which was ‘the right to protection of health and safety’, through to the Commission’s May 2012 Communication, ‘A European Consumer Agenda – Boosting confidence and growth’, which lists four key objectives, one of which is improving consumer safety.

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