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4 May 2006
by Simon Busuttil (PPE‑DE)
to the Commission

 Subject: Price indication in the air transport sector
 Answer in writing 

EU law requires traders to indicate the full selling price for all products being offered for sale to consumers. The law defines ‘selling price’ as the final price including VAT and other taxes.

However, the law appears to allow Member States not to apply this obligation in the case of products supplied in the course of the provision of a service.

In the air transport business, traders advertise flights, including low-cost flights as well as package tours, without indicating taxes and other charges and therefore without indicating the full price. At times, taxes not advertised may be higher than the actual price of the flight itself.

This practice is rendering a disservice to consumers, since they are not being informed of the full price of the service.

Is the Commission aware of this situation which is adversely affecting consumer protection?

Does the Commission intend to remedy this situation by, for instance, proposing to oblige Member States to extend the obligation of indicating the full selling price also to services in the air transport sector?

How does the Commission justify this situation when services are increasingly of a cross-border nature within the internal market?

 OJ C 328, 30/12/2006
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