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Joint statement calling for stronger consumer protection measures

Policy papers 25 Sep 2023

A growing number of non-compliant and dangerous products is ending up on the EU market and is unknowingly purchased by consumers. 

The effectiveness of Market Surveillance Regulation hinges on the integration of concrete consumer protection measures within specific Union legislation, such as the Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation (ESPR).

Currently, the ESPR proposal falls short in addressing scenarios where sellers are based outside Europe and don’t have a representative in the EU who can be held responsible if their products don’t comply with Union rules. To curb such illicit trade activities, incorporating a minimum requirement for physical test returns in the final text is crucial, ensuring the identification of all relevant sources. 

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