The participants in the delegation during the expert talks at the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection in Berlin
The participants in the delegation during the expert talks at the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection in Berlin
Ukraine

From 20 to 23 May 2019, consumer protection experts from ministries, authorities and non-governmental organisations in the Republics of Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine met in Berlin for a working visit. They were welcomed by IRZ Managing Director Dr. Stefan Hülshörster, who underlined the increasingly significant role played by consumer protection in the cooperation between the IRZ and its partner states.

At the start of the visit, the guests visited the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, where talks were held with their German colleagues on the fundamental issues of consumer policy and on consumer policy in the energy sector, in food legislation and product safety.

Other talks were held with the Federation of German Consumer Organisations (“Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband”), where the focus was mainly on law enforcement in consumer protection through the recently introduced model declaratory action (“Musterfeststellungsklage”). Further talks were held at the Berlin Consumer Organisation (“Verbraucherzentrale Berlin e.V.”), which is the first point of contact for consumer protection for citizens at community level.

Aspects of competition law were discussed during a meeting with the German Centre for Protection against Unfair Competition. The keynote address by the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information also explained the role and importance of the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection when it comes to consumer protection.

This trilateral working visit could mark the start of a series of expert talks, allowing Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine to look in more detail at consumer protection issues specific to their own countries.