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Enhanced cooperation powers for Member States to pursue consumer protection infringements

On 12 December 2017 Regulation (EC Reg 2017/2394) ‘on cooperation between national authorities responsible for the enforcement of consumer protection laws and repealing Regulation (EC) No 2006/2004,’ was published; the new Regulation will apply from 17 January 2020. This Regulation repeals the Regulation on Consumer Protection Cooperation (EC Reg 2006/2004) and aims to clarify and develop enforcement authorities’ powers, including in regards to equipping competent authorities adequately for a digital economy, and allowing for further cooperation between Member States in the enforcement of consumer protection laws. Katie Vickery, Partner at Osborne Clarke, reviews the new Regulation and the enhanced cooperation powers for Member States therein.

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