Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am pleased to welcome you to the 2013 European Consumer Summit.
This year we will focus on stepping up the enforcement of EU consumer legislation, one of the key priorities of the European Consumer Agenda that the Commission adopted in May 2012.
I am keen to ensure that enforcement in the EU is efficient and fit-for-purpose. At the Summit we will have the opportunity to revisit the enforcement cooperation as it operates today and to explore ways to provide effective responses to cases of EU relevance in the Single Market.
During the Summit you will be able to contribute to the discussions with representatives of consumers, national governments, the European institutions, businesses, NGO's and academia. Five workshops will be devoted to the enforcement of consumer rights with the aim of proposing concrete solutions for improving cooperation at national and European levels.
I count on your contribution and look forward to meeting you at the Summit.
Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy