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Tuesday, 16 April 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Better enforcement and modernisation of EU consumer protection rules (debate) (debate)
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  Julia Reda, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group. – Mr President, despite the many good provisions on transparency and consumer rights online, one crucial piece is missing from this legislation: a clear ban on the dual quality of products. I regret to see that this Parliament is divided not on ideological lines, but on geographical lines, where Members from the western states seem to think that this deal is good enough, even though Parliament has given up on its position of banning dual quality and the Central and Eastern European Members are asking for a better deal. The Greens/EFA Group is not divided on this. We consider this a matter of treating people equally in the EU, and this is at the core of what European citizens expect: that they will not be discriminated against because of where they live by being sold an inferior product. This is why we would rather take the time to do it right and not adopt a trilogue agreement that has been rushed through and where Parliament has given up on its promise to citizens to ban dual—quality products.

 
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