ConPolicy Newsletter 2022 – 6

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  News about ConPolicy

Evaluation of the consumer initiative Bavaria
ConPolicy starts research project for the Bavarian Ministry for Environment and Consumer Protection

The consumer initiative of the Bavarian Ministry for Environment and Consumer Protection is aiming to strengthen the consumer education in Bavaria and to enable different consumer groups in making informed decisions. ConPolicy supports this project by conducting an empirical evaluation study.

Building upon a previous evaluation study, the initiative for consumer education Bavaria will be investigated regarding different aspects like network development and development of the educational offer, or digitalization of consumer education work. To examine the status quo, stakeholder interviews as well as online surveys will be applied. Based on the attained empirical results, recommendations of action shall be determined with the goal to further institutionalize and promote the consumer education work in Bavaria.

More information can be found here.

  Consumer policy news

E-scooters popular especially among younger consumers

Today, the digital association Bitkom published new survey results on the use of e-scooters in Germany, which have been legal since June 2019.... Read more

Despite concerns about rising prices, sustainability remains an important purchase criterion

Today and for the first time, the Gesellschaft für Konsumforschung (GfK) published its GfK Sustainability Index that examines the attitudes of German... Read more

Consumer protection
Stricter rules for online financial services

Today, the European Commission adopted a reform proposal to modernize current EU rules on distance marketing of consumer financial services. The aim... Read more

Meat substitutes continue to trend among consumers

The German Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) published today new figures on the production of meat substitutes in Germany. The numbers show that... Read more

IT security label now also for smart consumer products

The German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) introduced a new IT security label that manufacturers of smart consumer products can register... Read more

  Recommended reading

Pohl, J. et al.
Assessing the environmental performance of ICT-based services: Does user behavior make all the difference?

Reducing the overall energy consumption of households through the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) can play an important role... Read more

Kingreen, T.
Compatibility of compulsory insurance against natural hazards to residential buildings with European Union law and German constitutional law

The legal opinion was prepared by Prof. Thorsten Kingreen (University of Regensburg) on behalf of the SVRV. It deals with the compatibility of a... Read more

Lohsse, S., R. Schulze & D. Staudenmayer (Eds.)
Smart Products – Münster Colloquia on EU Law and the Digital Economy VI

Some aspects of smart products have been regulated by the Digital Contracts Directives adopted in 2019. However, smart products not only are an... Read more