The European Commission on February 27 asked Slovakia to ensure correct transposition of its directive concerning protection of consumer interests into Slovak laws, the TASR newswire reported.
"Although Slovakia has proposed to amend its national legislation transposing the directive, it has not provided a reasonable timeframe for doing so, thus failing to adequately protect some consumer rights," the EU's executive branch stated.
The directive (2009/22/EC) makes it possible for a consumers' association or a public consumer protection organisation in an EU member country to file a lawsuit against a commercial entity in another member state. The EC said there are two areas in which consumer associations or organisations in Slovakia are not allowed to ask for an injunction to have a business immediately cease activities which go against certain consumer interests. The EC concluded that "Slovakia has failed to transpose Directive 2009/22/EC in an adequate manner."
"The Commission has adopted a decision to send Slovakia a reasoned opinion. In the absence of a satisfactory response within two months, the Commission may decide to refer this Member State to the EU's Court of Justice," states the EC’s press release, as quoted by TASR.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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28. Feb 2012 at 10:00