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Collective Redress in the EU - BIICL study for the European Commission published

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), in a research consortium with Civic Consulting and Risk & Policy Analysts (RPA), and supported by the Office for Economic Policy and Regional Development (EPRD), has undertaken a study for the European Commission analysing the state of collective redress in the European Union in context of the implementation of the Commission Recommendation (2013/396/EU) on common principles for injunctive and compensatory collective redress mechanisms in the Member States.

According to the Recommendation, Member States should have collective redress mechanisms available to achieve EU policy objectives such as better enforcement of European Union law, protection of consumers, improvement of access to justice, better efficiency of justice systems, avoidance of abusive litigation and an effective right to compensation. The Recommendation provided for its implementation by July 2015 and for a reassessment of the collective redress landscape across the EU by 2017.

The study carries out a first assessment and its output assisted the Commission in evaluating if the Recommendation has led to the introduction or development of efficient collective redress regimes in the Members States; whether these regimes coherently take into account the principles set out by the Recommendation; and whether the Recommendation has achieved its policy goals.

Full details of the survey

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