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MEP Momchil Nekov: Bulgarian government must quickly transpose directive on double standards to protect citizens

MEP Momchil Nekov: Bulgarian government must quickly transpose directive on double standards to protect citizens

19 April 2019 | 12:36 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The European Parliament did its job on double standards, now the Bulgarian government has to transpose the directive as quickly as possible into national law, MEP Momchil Nekov, Socialists and Democrats Group, told Focus Radio, and specified that the ball was now in the hands of the government to protect Bulgarians. He recalled that six years ago the battle against double standards seemed unthinkable, whereas now the European directive will come into effect within just a few weeks. Bulgaria needs a body to monitor if food products offered on the local market are of a lower quality than the same products in Western Europe, the MEP said. He thinks the Commission for Consumer Protection could be tasked with the monitoring, while the Joint Research Centre in Belgium or national laboratories will do the analysis. In his words, the sooner the directive is transposed in each member state, the sooner the companies will not dare to break this law, given the hefty fines. Momchil Nekov specified that the European regulation was addressing both goods and services and could be consolidated upon a review in two years. According to him, its scope will be extended to car manufacturing and other services with differences between the markets of Western and Eastern Europe.
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Victory for all European citizens, EP puts end to double standards in food products: Bulgaria's Ombudsman

Victory for all European citizens, EP puts end to double standards in food products: Bulgaria's Ombudsman

17 April 2019 | 16:00 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. A real victory for the citizens of Europe over double standards in food products. Today, the European Parliament adopted the New Deal for Consumers, according to which selling food products of the same brand but with different ingredients and quality is an unfair commercial practice. The report on better implementation and modernisation of consumer protection in the EU was backed by 474 MEP in favour, 163 against and 14 abstained, said the Ombudsman's press office.
"Today, the European institutions have shown that they work in the interests of citizens, despite the huge economic interests of the multinational companies," said Ombudsman Maya Manolova. She said today's vote was a big victory for Bulgaria.
The changes allow that offenders could be sanctioned (not less than 4% of the producer's annual turnover).
Bulgaria’s Ombudsman Maya Manolova had been conducting an active campaign to protect citizens against the unfair commercial practice of double food standards, fighting for the recognition of the problem by both Bulgarian and European institutions. In 2018, the ombudsman organised a high-level forum within the Bulgarian EU Presidency, where EU Commissioner Vera Jourova declared the end of the double food standards through the New Deal for Consumers mechanism.
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Ombudsman Maya Manolova on visit to Brussels to present petition by Bulgarian citizens against double standards in food and beverages

Ombudsman Maya Manolova on visit to Brussels to present petition by Bulgarian citizens against double standards in food and beverages

18 January 2019 | 15:58 | FOCUS News Agency
Brussels. Ombudsman Maya Manolova is going on a two-day visit to Brussels to present a petition by Bulgarian citizens against double standards in food and beverages in the European Union, said the Ombudsman's press office. The hearing will take place on 22 January 2019 at 10:00 at the European Parliament’s Committee on Petitions.
Ombudsman Maya Manolova, as an EU citizen, together with a number of public figures, sent a petition to the European Parliament on 2 October 2017 for a change in the EU legislation, including the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive. Its goal was to stop the production and distribution in the EU member states of food products of the same brand with different ingredients and quality. According to Manolova, this violates the rights not only of Bulgarian citizens but also of the citizens of Visegrad Four, Greece, Croatia and Romania, as well as the principles of the single market.
On 30 April 2018, under the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Ombudsman organised a high-level forum in Sofia, under the patronage of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, with the participation of the Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Vera Jourova, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel, many European ministers and institutions from the EU member states. Vera Jourova presented the New Deal for Consumers and announced the end of the double standard, as well as the Commission's commitment to propose amendments to EU legislation.
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