There should be no second-class consumers in the EU single market

2019. 11. 07.

Press Release by MEP Edina Tóth

The European Parliament’s Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) put on its agenda the elimination of dual-quality food. Fidesz MEP Edina Tóth drew attention to the fact that consumers could be unfairly and unlawfully misled by differences in the composition or characteristics of branded products sold in different Member States.

In her remarks, Edina Tóth welcomed the amendment of the relevant provisions of the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive and the partial results of the report of the Joint Research Center.

“One third of the food products marketed under the same or similar brand names in different Member States of the European Union have a different composition, which is unfortunately an extremely high rate. The European Union must not allow consumers to be discriminated against,” said the EPP Group politician, expressing her concern.

It is necessary to await the final report of the Joint Research Center, providing the results of sensory testing, to continue the debate on this subject and to take future steps. Regarding this, the Fidesz representative drew the Commission’s attention to the need for regularly monitoring the elimination of double quality.