Reassessing EU Consumer Law and Fundamental Rights

As demonstrated in the previous chapters, EU consumer law has focused mostly on market integration objectives and is now struggling to resolve several pressing economic and societal challenges that cannot be fully addressed by the traditional approach. A number of modern theories discussed above may inspire a broader conceptual framework, able to integrate social principles, economic objectives, and fundamental rights, and may thus address some of these challenges.

While the Charter’s specific provision on consumer protection (Article 38) is rather short and, as some have argued, limited, a number of other Charter Articles, in conjunction with the Lisbon Treaty, provide a fertile ground to rethink and shape EU consumer law and policy. This section describes how the theories presented in this chapter, in conjunction with these provisions, could inspire a more comprehensive framework that strengthens the protection and empowerment of consumers.

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