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The European Commission published today its 2016 Consumer Markets Scoreboard which monitors EU consumers' ratings of how 42 goods and services markets work

Today, five major car rental companies have agreed to significantly review how they deal with consumers thanks to a joint action from the European Commission and national enforcement authorities. Citizens will benefit from more clarity on insurance policies and tank refuelling options, more fairness when handling damages, and more price transparency. Complaints related to car rentals received by the European Consumer Centres have increased sharply in the last two years.

There are lots of difficult situations any traveller may encounter during a journey abroad. Picking up a rental car that is more expensive than agreed, finding out that a hotel room booked from home is unavailable, buying an item that becomes defective shortly afterwards: we've seen it all happen, haven't we? Thanks to ECC-Net: Travel app you now have the perfect tool to stay cool and express your rights in any European language.

Riga, May 27 2015. – Under the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Competitiveness Council (hereinafter - Council) will meet on May 28 to discuss the digital single market, including industrial aspects. The meeting will be chaired by Latvian Minister for Economic Affairs Dana Reizniece - Ozola.

At the Council Ministers will exchange views on the new Digital Single Market Strategy, which the European Commission published on May 6.

On 22 May 2015 the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the Council (Coreper) endorsed the terms of an agreement between the Latvian presidency and European Parliament representatives on the reform of the Travel Package Directive. The Competitiveness Council will be invited to confirm the political agreement at its meeting on 28 May.  

The new directive will update current EU rules on package holidays by aiming to adapt to travel market developments in order to meet the needs of consumers and businesses in the digital era.  

In 2012 the Commission issued a Communication on the “Strategy for the Sustainable Competitiveness of the Construction Sector and its Enterprises” for the EU Member States focusing on facilitating sustainable growth and development in the construction industry. This Communication was accompanied by an Action Plan, commonly known as “Construction 2020”, which aims to support the construction industry in its adaptation to key upcoming challenges and to promote the sustainable competitiveness of the industry.

Riga, 24 April 2015 – Within the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union a two day Consumer Protection Conference entitled “Future Priorities of Consumer Policy in Digital Era” took place in Riga on 23-24 April.

Riga, 17 April 2015 – Under the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union the Consumer Protection Conference entitled “Future Priorities of Consumer Policy in Digital Era” will take place in Riga on 23-24 April.

The EU legal guarantee allows consumers to request, normally within 2 years of purchase, repair or replacement of defective goods, or in some cases a refund. It is mandatory and to be provided at no extra cost by the seller. However, commercial warranties offered against payment are becoming more and more common. But are they worth the extra cost? Do they add to the legal protection in place in the EU, Iceland and Norway?