Conference: what now for the EU's collective redress proposal?

BEUC NEWS - 4.11.2019

BEUC is organising a conference in the EU Parliament, which is hosted by French MEP Geoffroy Didier, to discuss the state of play with the proposal to create an efficient collective redress system everywhere in the EU.



After news emerged in 2015 that Volkswagen had committed fraud on a massive scale, it quickly became clear that Europeans were ill-equipped to get the compensation they deserved. The German car giant refused to compensate its customers, and few countries in the EU had an efficient system in place that allowed consumers to go to court as a group (collective redress).

In 2018, the Commission decided to take action and proposed to create minimum standards for collective redress in all EU countries. This proposal has been improved by the European Parliament, but Member State governments are progressing only very slowly with the file, and with a lot of scepticism.

Our conference in the EU Parliament is an opportunity to look at what the proposal’s bottlenecks are and what must happen to make sure consumers can use an efficient collective redress system anywhere in the EU.


  • Opening words from Geoffroy Didier MEP
  • Speech by Ursula Pachl (deputy director general at BEUC)

Panel discussion

  • Tiemo Wölken, MEP
  • Pedro Oliveira, BusinessEurope
  • Petra Čakovská, S.O.S. Poprad
  • Paolo Martinello, practicing lawyer
  • Dr. Petra Leupold, VKI Academy

(All speakers have been invited)

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