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Parliamentary questions
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28 February 2017
Question for written answer E-001341-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Jacek Saryusz-Wolski (PPE)

 Subject:  Discrimination against consumers in the eastern part of the EU single market
 Answer in writing 

For years, authorities, consumer watchdogs and MEPs have raised the alarm about the disparities in product quality in the EU, leading to discrimination against consumers and abuse of a dominant market position. Producers differentiate between consumers in the western and eastern markets of the EU. Not only are some European citizens misled, but they also purchase inferior products for higher prices, despite identical labels and marketing.

1. Has the Commission carried out research to determine the scope of this abuse in the past or is it planning to conduct such an assessment in order to ensure the proper functioning of the single market?

2. Does it plan to introduce legislation to stop this ‘analogue geo‐blocking’ and discrimination against consumers based on their country of origin, as it did in the Digital Single Market package?

3. How will it ensure that consumers enjoy the same access to products and services in a unified single market, bearing in mind that the complacency shown in the face of such discrimination erodes citizens’ trust in the EU?

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