We won’t let ourselves become second-class consumers in the EU market!

2023. 09. 19.

The European Parliament’s Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection has discussed the issue of eliminating dual-quality products. Following the debate, Fidesz MEP Edina Tóth said that “it is unacceptable that in some Member States, lower quality products are still sold. We do not accept that there is still a double standard in the EU common market”.

In the studies presented so far, the European Commission has found that there is no difference between the Western and Eastern European regions in terms of the dual quality of food, household and other products. However, the Hungarian authorities have shown different results: Hungarian consumers are discriminated against because of the existence of dual quality in many products and the fact that better quality products from a particular range are not sold in Hungary. 

MEP Edina Tóth explained that the single market has become a two-tiered market. Equality campaigners in Brussels have repeatedly stressed that every EU citizen should feel that they are treated like everyone else and that everyone should receive fair and clear information about the products they buy. “However, this has not happened so far: it has been proven that some citizens have become second-class consumers, with lower quality products on their tables and in their households”, the MEP underlined during the meeting.