Regional meeting “Collective Redress Mechanisms for Consumers in the EU and SEE”

Regional Meeting

On 24th and 25th of January 2018, Regional meeting “Collective Redress Mechanisms for Consumers in the European Union and South East Europe” took place at the Hotel Marriot in Skopje. The meeting was co-organised by the ConWeb Network and SEELS Network and supported by GIZ Open Regional Fund for South East Europe-Legal Reform.

The key responsible stakeholders for collective redress from the region (line ministries for consumer protection, market surveillance bodies, Ombudsman offices, Consumer protection organisations) together with Ms. Augusta Maciulevičiūtė as a representative from the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) and Dr. Duncan Fairgrieve as a representative from the British Institute for Comparative and International Law (BIICL) via Skype discussed the key findings and outcome from the comparative research for six selected EU Member States and six countries from the South East Europe.

On the basis of the discussions and recommendations from the meeting, Regional Action Plan for strengthening capacities of the stakeholders for consumer collective protection in South East Europe will be developed. In the course of 2018, three training modules will be developed and delivered within the project.

The national reports developed by regional experts, the report for EU MS developed by BIICL and the comparative report for South East Europe developed by Dr. Veronika Efremova will be compiled in a publication “Collective Redress Mechanisms in the EU and SEE-Comparative Study-” to be issued in March this year.

Kick-off meeting for launching a regional project “Development of collective redress for consumers in South East Europe”

Kick-off meeting for launching a regional project on “Development of collective redress for consumers in South East Europe” to be supported by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Open Regional Fund for South East Europe-Legal Reform took place on 19th of May 2016 in Skopje, Macedonia. The project started on 1st of January 2017 and will be in a duration of 22 months.

The objective of the project is to improve the institutional capacities for better enforcement of collective redress mechanism in consumer protection in SEE through: improving the legal framework in the project partner countries; increasing and strengthening institutional capacities for enforcement of collective redress; and increasing the awareness of the citizens and consumers on the collective redress mechanism.

Member Law Faculties of the South East European Law School Network (SEELS) and national Consumer Protection Organisations members of Consumer Organizations Network South East Europe (CoNWeb) as project key partners have identified the importance for improvement of collective redress enforcement in South East Europe and expressed their readiness to analyse the existing deficiencies and obstacles and to develop adequate measures to improve the situation.

In addition, the project during its implementation foresees inclusion of other national stakeholders: line ministries, inspection and regulatory bodies, Ombudsman offices, courts, Judicial training institutions, Bar associations from SEE countries and international partners: the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL).