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Consumers and households

Quotation: Ovecchia, C. 2013: Introduction to the economic Impact Area Consumers and Households. Available at: http://beta.liaise-toolbox.eu/node/1183

Description

This area focuses on the protection of health, safety and economic interests of consumers. Aspects to be considered in order to assess the likely effects of policies on this impact area include: consumer representation and education; consumer health and safety; the economic interest of consumers.

This impact area is further specified by the taxonomy terms: Prices for Consumer Goods, Internal Market for Consumer Goods, Consumer Goods Quality and Diversity, Consumer Protection, Consumer and Household Incomes, Economic Safety of Family and Children.

Relevant Policies

The EU consumer policy has been expressed in a series of action plans. The first was in 1990 and the last action plan was adopted in 2007 for the period 2007-2013. The priorities of the strategy are to:

  • Increase consumer confidence in the internal market – which contributes to the improvement of business competitiveness – by establishing a uniform regulatory environment that is equally enforced across the European market and which effectively protects consumers.
  • Strengthen consumers’ position in the marketplace by developing consumer education tools, the active support of EU consumer organisations, and their involvement in policy making.
  • Ensure that consumers concerns are taken into account in all EU policies.
  • Complement Member States’ consumer policies.
  • Collect consumer-related data to support the development of legislative proposals and other initiatives.

Legal Basis for the Commission to Act

The European consumer protection policy is set out in Article 169 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. This policy promotes consumers’ rights to information and education, and their right to organise in order to defend their interests.

Web Resources

DG Health and Consumers
DG Internal Market and Services
National consumer organisations

Contact

Please link to relevant Directorate General Contact Details.

Prices for Consumer Goods

Internal Market for Consumer Goods

Consumer Goods Quality and Diversity

Consumer Protection

Consumer and Household Incomes

Economic Safety of Family and Children

Publications and applications

Titel Type of practice Updated date
Assessment of Policy Interrelationships and Impacts on Sustainability in Europe - The APRAISE 3E method Project 2014-02-19 11:29
eAccessibility Impact Assessment 2014-02-11 19:17
European Research for Impact Assessment Tools Publication 2014-04-17 14:41
IA Report: Action Plan for Energy Efficiency: Realising the Potential Application of a Model or Method 2013-09-05 10:14
IA Report: Communication on sustainable coal Application of a Model or Method 2013-09-03 20:22
IA Report: Communication on Winning the Battle against Global Climate Change Application of a Model or Method 2013-09-05 11:40
IA Report: Concerning measures to ensure a high common level of network and information security across the Union (2013) Application of a Model or Method 2013-07-23 19:38
IA Report: Defining the modalities for reaching the 2020 target to reduce CO2 emissions from new passenger cars (2012) Application of a Model or Method 2013-07-24 21:40
IA Report: Directive on the geological storage of carbon dioxide and amending Council Directives 85/337/EEC, 96/61/EC, 2000/60/EC, 2001/80/EC, 2004/35/EC, 2006/12/EC and Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006 Application of a Model or Method 2013-09-03 20:03
IA Report: Electronic identification of bovine animals and deleting the provisions on voluntary beef labelling (2011) Application of a Model or Method 2013-07-29 00:03
IA Report: Establishing a Health for Growth Programme, the third programme of EU action in the field of health for the period 2014-2020 (2011) Application of a Model or Method 2013-07-28 23:39
IA Report: Including aviation activities in the scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading within the Community Application of a Model or Method 2013-09-05 10:53
IA Report: Internal market for electricity and gas Application of a Model or Method 2013-09-03 21:53
IA Report: Package of Implementation measures for the EU's objectives on climate change and renewable energy for 2020 Application of a Model or Method 2013-09-03 19:42
IA Report: Proposal for a Council Directive on taxation of passenger cars in the EU Application of a Model or Method 2013-09-05 12:14
IA Report: Proposal for a Directive on aviation security charges Application of a Model or Method 2013-09-03 12:27
IA Report: Proposal for a Directive on recreational craft and personal watercraft (2011) Application of a Model or Method 2013-07-27 16:27
IA Report: Proposal for a Regulation on food intended for infants and young children and on food for special medical purposes (2011) Application of a Model or Method 2013-07-29 00:09
IA Report: Proposal for a Regulation on ship recycling (2012) Application of a Model or Method 2013-07-25 18:34
IA Report: Proposal for a Regulation setting emission performance standards for new light commercial vehicles as part of the Community’s integrated approach to reduce CO2 emissions from light-duty vehicles Application of a Model or Method 2013-09-03 11:54
IA Report: Protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (General Data Protection Regulation) (2012) Application of a Model or Method 2013-07-26 17:15
IA Report: Protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by competent authorities for the purposes of prevention, investigation, detection or prosecution of criminal offences or the execution of criminal penalties etc (2012) Application of a Model or Method 2013-07-26 17:13
IA Report: Regulation on amending Regulation (EC)1775/2005 on conditions for access to the natural gas transmission networks Application of a Model or Method 2013-09-03 21:56
IA Report: Regulation on official controls and other official activities performed to ensure the application of food and feed law, rules on animal health and welfare, plant health, plant reproductive material, plant protection products (2013) Application of a Model or Method 2013-07-24 12:44
IA Report: Regulation on type-approval of motor vehicles and engines with respect to emissions from heavy duty vehicles (EURO VI) and on access to vehicle repair and maintenance information Application of a Model or Method 2013-09-03 22:15
IA Report: Renewable Energy - a major player in the European energy market (2012) Application of a Model or Method 2013-07-25 18:07
IA Report: Renewable Energy Road Map Application of a Model or Method 2013-09-03 20:22
IA Report: Roaming on public mobile communications networks within the Community (2011) Application of a Model or Method 2013-07-29 15:54
IA Report: Simplifying the transfer of motor vehicles registered in another Member State within the Single Market (2012) Application of a Model or Method 2013-07-25 19:02
IA Report: Type-approval of motor vehicles with respect to emissions and on access to vehicle repair information Application of a Model or Method 2013-09-05 11:23
The Policy-Relevancy of Impact Assessment Tools: Evaluating Nine Years of European Research Funding Publication 2014-07-09 16:32

Content for this term

Title Type Updated date
Consumers and Households Impact Area 2014-01-22 16:09
E3ME Model 2014-04-23 15:36
Intertemporal Computable Equilibrium System Model 2013-11-26 08:29
Nõmmann, Tea Expert 2014-03-05 09:47
Peterson, Kaja Expert 2014-03-05 09:38