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).