EKPIZO was established in 1988 with the aim of protecting consumer rights and improving quality of life. It is a non-governmental, non-profitmaking association with more than 24,000 members and is supported by subscription fees and subsidies from the EU or other public institutions. Its policy areas include legal, economic, financial, insurance, health, food, environment, safety and consumer education issues.
- Over 50 successful collective actions against 76 private companies for misleading advertising-unfair contract terms-violation of the Consumer Protection Law, which have led – among other things – to consumer-friendly jurisprudence and higher consumer protection level.
- 485 successful class (group) actions resulting in the return of €4,1 million to consumers.
- International campaign (65 days, 18/10/2013- 22/12/2013) for the continuation of the foreclosures’ ban. Over 142,000 people from all over the globe signed our petition and their signatures were delivered to the Vice-President of the Parliament. By ending 2013, government decided for a one year renewal.
- National campaign (30 days) for the adoption of a law on consumer insolvency (June 2010). 4,246 people signed our petition and their signatures were sent by e-mail to the Prime Minister and other competent ministers. The relevant law was adopted after 30 days.
- Interlocutor with European Commission’s Task Force for Greece for the current problems Greek consumers face because of the financial and economic crisis
- Interlocutor with the EU-European Central Bank-IMF Working Group on household over-indebtedness
- Boycott (June 2008) against fresh milk sold over €1/lit. Its high publicity and consumer participation attracted the attention of the President of Greek Republic who invited E.K.PI.ZO to an official meeting