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The EAEU is working to protect consumer rights

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The Eurasian Economic Commission and the Higher School of Engineering of Plekhanov Russian University of Economics held a roundtable discussion on ‘Consumer Protection in the Eurasian Economic Union: Assessment of Status and Prospects for International Cooperation’.

‘Consumer protection in the EAEU is the result of a complex system of interaction between regulators, business and society of the Union’s countries in solving the problems of the common consumer market on the basis of scientific analysis and forecasting,’ said Natalia Zhukova, Director of the EEC Department of Sanitary, Phytosanitary and Veterinary Measures.

The participants of the round table discussed topical problems of ensuring and protecting consumer rights, as well as measures taken by the Member States to form a transparent consumer market.

It was noted that special attention was paid to the development of the consumer movement in the EAEU and the organisation of its effective interaction with government agencies and the Commission. Discussed the prospects of a new regional public association – the Eurasian Union of Consumers.

‘As shown by the study of public opinion in the EAEU countries, about 40 per cent of citizens of the Union countries assess the situation in the field of consumer protection as good. But at the same time 83 per cent note insufficient awareness and demand for new knowledge in the field of consumer protection. This is one of the possible areas of work, including the Eurasian Consumer Union together with the EEC,’ the report says.

At the end of the discussion, the participants expressed confidence that the round table will help to strengthen international cooperation on consumer protection and will allow to develop new approaches to solving urgent problems in this area.



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