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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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