Consumer Law Database

A tool offering easy access to the national rules transforming the key EU consumer directives in EU countries.

Who’s it for?

It’s for everyone – from consumers and businesses through to legal practitioners and enforcement authorities.

What does it cover?

It includes:

  • key EU directives on consumer law
  • measures to incorporate them into national law
  • past legal rulings from EU countries and the European Court of Justice
  • relevant national administrative practice.

How does it work?

It helps consumers, businesses, lawyers, judges etc. to quickly check rights and obligations arising from consumer law.

How does it fit into the EU’s overall consumer policy?

It aims to raise awareness of EU consumer law, make compliance easier and enhance enforcement of consumer law.

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The national transpositions of EU directives in the area of consumer law. This database contains, for each Member State, the most relevant materials relating to case law, doctrine and legal literature, and other materials such as administrative acts of national official bodies.


The current and repealed EU directives in the area of consumer law. For each article of the Directive, the database contains the most relevant case law, legal literature and doctrine, and other materials such as administrative acts and decisions of other official authorities. Materials are categorised by country, making it possible to compare the different interpretations and applications.


The instruments to guarantee the correct application of the Directives, and thus the protection of consumers, by Member State. These instruments are grouped into administrative enforcement, enforcement through court action, sanctions, and other types. Among other questions, the following are resolved: which instruments are used, who is entitled to use them, what are their procedures and requirements, the difference between civil and criminal sanctions, or whether there is an out-of-court dispute settlement body.

Last update: 15/07/2021

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