Ministry to found commission for monitoring contracts

The Justice Ministry is considering founding a commission that would regularly monitor the general conditions of consumer contracts in Slovakia, spokesman Michal Jurči told the TASR newswire on August 3.

The Justice Ministry is considering founding a commission that would regularly monitor the general conditions of consumer contracts in Slovakia, spokesman Michal Jurči told the TASR newswire on August 3.

The commission would review contracts by larger business organisations – such as telecommunication services, banking services, non-banking companies that provide credit, leasing companies, insurers, and energy suppliers – and report any examples of unfair conditions to consumer protection associations.

"A judge will order the organisation not to use such dishonest conditions in the future,” Justice Minister Štefan Harabin said. “This will be more effective than individuals filing hundreds or even thousands of suits on their own. I'm calling on citizens to turn to the nearest consumers associations, which are prepared to take such action.”

The ministry said it expects businesses to use contracts that conform with the conditions laid out by the European Court of Justice. TASR

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