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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: Fight against double standards in products has become a national cause

Ombudsman: Fight against double standards in products has become a national cause

21 January 2019 | 11:04 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Double standards in products have long existed, have been unequivocally proven and the cause to overcome them, as a practice that is insulting and humiliating to Bulgaria, has become a national cause. This is what Ombudsman Maya Manolova said in BTV’s morning show before going to Brussels, where she will again raise the issue of double standards in food in Bulgaria and Europe. She said the supply of goods of inferior quality was unjustified and assumed Bulgarians as second-class consumers.
The biggest differences are observed in products for children and babies. There are vegetable fats, less milk and cocoa. There is also a higher price.
“We have had this battle for a third year now. The positive news is that the consumer package, announced from Sofia for the elimination of double standards in food, will be discussed tomorrow in the European Parliament. The package is extremely important and will enable collective claims for compensations. Huge sanctions will be introduced, up to 4% of turnover. There is no other way than economic sanctions against those who abuse consumer trust,” the ombudsman said.
She added that she would insist on banning food production of different content and quality under the same brand.
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