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Service given more powers to protect consumers

Cabinet on Friday approved a bill allowing the consumer protection service to issue fines in cases of violation of relevant legislation.

The service will also be able to file applications to court for the issuance of prohibition decrees in cases of infringement.

According to an announcement by the ministry of energy, commerce and industry, the bill unifies seven existing laws regulating issues of protection of financial interests of consumers.

Other provisions of the bill include banning the immediate suspension of the collection of the fine in case of an appeal as well as ensuring the possibility for consumers to file a lawsuit for compensation.

Part of the new bill is also the increased obligations on the seller to include the pre-discounted price of goods during sales along with the discounted price to limit misleading advertising.

Another obligation is for service providers to display the pricing of the main services they provide.

The new bill, approved following a proposal by Energy Minister Natasa Pilidou, will help the service to effectively enforce the legislation, the ministry said.

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