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Guidance on the Application of Unfair Commercial Practices Directive

  • Published on August 20, 2021

The objective of the EU Directive on unfair commercial practices from 2005 was to boost consumer confidence and make it easier for businesses, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, to trade across borders.

EU rules on unfair commercial practices enable national enforcers to curb a broad range of unfair business practices. Examples of unfair business practices include untruthful information to consumers or aggressive marketing techniques to influence their choices.

A Guidance document on the application of the unfair commercial practices directive (‘the UCPD’). The purpose of the document is to facilitate the proper application of the directive.

It provides guidance on the UCPD’s key concepts and provisions and gives practical examples taken from the case-law of the Court of Justice of the European Union and from national courts and administrations.

In addition, the guidance document reflects and incorporates the key principles developed by the two multi-stakeholder groups on Comparison tools and Environmental claims

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