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17 J. Consumer Pol'y vii (1994)

handle is hein.journals/jrncpy17 and id is 1 raw text is: Introductory Remarks

This special issue, which has been generously supported by a grant from
the EC Commission, Consumer Policy Service, raises both horizontal
and vertical issues of consumer policy in the European Community and
associated countries. It has been prompted by three important
constitutional events in Europe: the completion of the Internal Market
on 31 December, 1992; the adoption of the Maastricht Treaty on Political
Union, and the conclusion of the Agreement on the European Economic
Area (EEA).
Due to the large number of contributions, it has become necessary to
divide the contents into two parts. Part I appears as a double issue, Nos.
3+4 of Volume 16 (1993); whereas Part II appears as No. 1 of Volume 17
The horizontal papers in Part I are concerned both with analysing the
acquis of consumer policy in Europe and with new directions as well as
obstacles. The keynote paper by Micklitz and Weatherill gives an overall
analysis of the political and legal bases of consumer policy from both the
Internal Market and the Political Union perspectives. It is followed by two
papers on subsidiarity by Gibson and Dahl which take up and clarify a
somewhat confusing and irritating discussion in the EC. Lothar Maier is
concerned with the function and role of the Consumers' Consultative
Council in the EC of which he is the president; Monique Goyens with the
opportunities and, especially, the shortcomings of consumer interest
lobbying in the EC by her association, BEUC. The papers by Schmitz,
Micklitz, Wilhelmsson, and Krdmer raise controversial and still un-
resolved policy and legal issues which go beyond traditional consumer
policy via directives, e.g., in commercial marketing, cross-border litiga-
tion, contract law matters, and conflicts between consumer and environ-
mental policy. These papers will, it is hoped, provoke comments and
rejoinders; the special issue editors will be happy to consider them for
publication if submitted in due time and form.
Part II is concerned with national perspectives. The individual country
reports relate to the EC and EEA countries and to Switzerland. They
document the diverse - sometimes protective, sometimes disturbing -
impact of EC law-making on national legislation, court practice, and

Journal of Consumer Policy 17: vii-viii, 1994.

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