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European Consumer Policy after Maastricht - Norbert Reich

European Consumer Policy after Maastricht

By: Norbert Reich (Editor), G.F. Woodroffe (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 30th April 1994
ISBN: 9780792327707
Number Of Pages: 331

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European Consumer Policy after Maastricht raises both `horizontal' and `vertical' issues of consumer policy in the European Community and associated countries. The work was prompted by three important `constitutional' events in Europe: the completion of the Internal Market on 31 December 1992, the adoption of the Maastricht Treaty on Political Union, and the conclusion of the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA).
The `horizontal' papers in Part I are concerned both with analyzing the `acquis' of consumer policy in Europe and with new directions as well as obstacles. The keynote paper by Micklitz and Weatherill gives an overall analysis of the political and legal bases of consumer policy from both the Internal Market and the Political Union perspectives. It is followed by two papers on subsidiarity by Gibson and Dahl which take up and clarify a somewhat confusing and irritating discussion in the EC. Lothar Maier is concerned with the function and role of the Consumer's Consultative Council in the EC of which he is the President; Monique Goyens with the opportunities and especially the shortcomings of consumer interest lobbying in the EC by her association, BEUC. The papers by Schmitz, Micklitz, Wilhelmsson and Kramer raise controversial and still unresolved policy and legal issues which go beyond traditional consumer policy via directives, e.g. in commercial marketing, cross-border litigation, contract law matters and conflicts between consumer and conflicts between consumer and environmental policy.
Part II is concerned with national perspectives. The individual country reports relate to the EC and EEA countries and to Switzerland. They document the diverse -- sometimes protective, sometimes disturbing -- impact of EC lawmaking on national legislation, court practice and enforcement. They demonstrate that law harmonization is a painstaking process towards the goal of creating a European legal area with common protective standards.

Introductory Remarks
Consumer Policy in the European Community: Before and after Maastrichtp. 3
Subsidiarity: The Implications for Consumer Policyp. 41
Consumer Protection within the European Unionp. 63
Institutional Consumer Representation in the European Communityp. 73
Where There's a Will, There's a Way! A Practioner's Viewp. 93
Advertising and Commercial Communications - Towards a Coherent and Effective EC Policyp. 105
Cross-Border Consumer Conflicts - A French-German Experiencep. 129
Control of Unfair Contract Terms and Social Values: EC and Nordic Approachesp. 153
On the Interrelation between Consumer and Environmental Policies in the European Communityp. 173
Minimum Implementation of Minimum Directives? Consumer Protection in Austria in the Context of European Integrationp. 189
The Importance of Community Law for French Consumer Protection Legislationp. 209
The European Influence on German Consumer Lawp. 225
Completion of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection in Greecep. 237
Implementation of EEC Consumer Protection Directives in Italyp. 249
Implementation of EEC Consumer Protection Directives in Spainp. 269
The Internal Market and Consumer Protection in Norwayp. 287
The Development of Portuguese Consumer Law with Special Regard to Conflict Resolutionp. 299
The Effect of the EEA Agreement on Consumer Protection Interests in Swedenp. 309
Completion of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection - The Specific Case of Switzerlandp. 321
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ISBN: 9780792327707
ISBN-10: 0792327705
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 331
Published: 30th April 1994
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.15  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.91
Edition Number: 16