Consumer News from Ireland and Europe – July 2020
European Consumer Centre (ECC) Ireland presents a round-up of the month’s consumer news from Ireland and the European Union …
- EU Consumer Protection authorities and the European Commission complete checks to protect consumers from scams online
- How to be a better consumer in Ireland: 20 commandments from Conor Pope in the Irish Times
- The European Commission is to take legal action against ten countries for failing to comply with EU law on cancelled package holidays.
- Deloitte State of the Consumer Tracker for July 2020 reveals that 19% of people in Ireland feel safe flying right now and 17% plan to fly internationally
- Competition and Consumer Protection Commission publishes its Annual Report 2019, which finds that 41,589 Irish consumers sought information about their rights and
personal finance products and services
- International online purchasing trends survey reveals Irish shoppers are more likely to opt for international online stores rather than local ones, with an estimated 30% of purchases made cross-border in 2020, mainly in the UK, China and USA via Amazon and eBay.
- Hundreds of Irish people left in limbo by travel agent Loveholidays after summer getaways axed due to Covid-19
- European Commission calls on 10 Member States to comply with EU law on package travel consumer rights
- Ireland responds to Eurobarometer questionnaire on EU Citizenship and Democracy
- European Commission publishes report on preventing or restricting the sale of dangerous products
- Holidaymakers struggle amid mixed messages
- 60% of adults say they won’t travel, even if ‘air bridges’ are established between Ireland and continental Europe.
- Consumer Association of Ireland calls for ‘small compensation fund’ for holidaymakers who choose not to fly
- Explainer: This is the current official advice on foreign travel from Ireland
- Holidaymakers ‘may be out of pocket if they develop coronavirus before getaway’
- Europe’s landmark deal on collective redress, explained
- New rules allow EU consumers to defend their rights collectively