van de Grift, L. & van Zon, K.The European Parliament and the origins of consumer policy

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Authors: Liesbeth van de Grift and Koen van Zon
Publication Date: March 2024 
Publication: European Parliament History Series

Drawing on a wide array of sources and literature, this study examines the role of the European Parliament in the establishment of the European Community's consumer policy. It argues that Parliament played a key role in placing this nascent policy issue on the agenda. It influenced the definition of what the policy should include, what it should focus on, and which instruments should be used to address the problems facing European consumers. In this process, Parliament filtered ideas, issues and political objectives from national and international debates into the European Community.

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