The Status of Consumers in European Liberalisation Directives
Université Catholique de Louvain
June 11, 2009
YEARBOOK ON CONSUMER LAW, pp. 67-106, 2009
Europe has gone through a wave of liberalisation in the last two decades. Measures were first adopted to that effect in the telecommunications sector, which has since then become the sector of electronic communications. They were extended, afterwards, in their substance, to other economic activities with similar characteristics (the so called ‘public utilities’).
An important issue in consumer policy is whether these measures have done any good to consumers. The latter are often mentioned in the preamble to these instruments. Somehow, they form part of the ‘justification tool kit’ put forward by the European Commission to advance the liberalisation agenda. But what is concretely their situation in the liberalisation era?
Number of Pages in PDF File: 33
Keywords: Consumer, consumer protection, liberalisation, competition, antitrust, regulated sector, regulation, telecommunications, electronic communications
JEL Classification: D18, K20, K21, K23, L43, L96
Date posted: June 12, 2011