Consumer groups welcome decision not to harmonise EU legislation

Draft directive would have removed Irish right to refund on faulty goods

17th April, 2010

Irish consumer groups have welcomed the European Commission decision to scrap plans to harmonise consumer protection laws across Europe.

The proposed Consumer Rights Directive would have prevented states implementing laws which increased consumer protection if they did not comply with the directive. In Ireland, consumers have the right to demand a refund for faulty goods but, if the draft directive had been passed, consumers would have had the right only to have goods repaired or...

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