The companies choose to pay the fines and to cheat the consumers repeatedly in order to have rapid and artificial profit, because the sanctions are too small, so the legal framework in this field needs to be changed, says Marius Parvu, the head of the National Authority for Consumer Protection (ANPC).
ANPC has launched on Monday, for public debate, a draft emergency ordinance providing for increased sanctions for violating the consumers’ rights, with fines that could reach 4% of the companies’ turnover, digi24.ro reports.
“The main benefits for consumers are provided by the GEO posted for public debate on anpc.ro are the recovering of the amounts ruled as abusive in court; as for the imported foodstuff from non-EU countries, they will be accepted on the market following a conformity analysis carried out by ANPC,” Parvu said.
The ANPC staff will benefit from increased testing capabilities on the market.
“The sanctioned companies will be bound to post at the entrance, for 30 days, information regarding the sanctions according to the control papers,” he added.
Parvu stressed that the amendments are needed as for some companies it is more convenient to violate the law and pay the fine, as the earnings are higher than the ANPC fines.
The ANPC official added that the maximum level of sanctions, of 4% of the turnout, is provided by the Directive 93/13/CEE, Directive 98/6/CE, Directive 2005/29/CE and Directive 2011/83/UE.