Meeting of representatives of Czech and Polish trade inspection authorities

(Prague, June 27, 2013) Ostrava will host the first ever meeting of the representatives of market surveillance authorities of the Czech Republic and Poland, namely the Director General of the Czech Trade Inspection Authority Vladimír Velčovský and the vice-president of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection Malgorzata Kozak.The meeting will be held in Ostrava on June 28, 2013. Malgorzata Kozak accepted the invitation by Vladimír Velčovský in order to share experience in the field of market surveillance. In the seat of the Moravskosle...

Poor quality petrol detected in May. Diesel with no defects

(Monitoring of fuel quality – May 2013) (Prague, June 13, 2013) During May, in total 215 motor fuel samples were taken, including 5 that failed the appropriate technical standards’ requirements, i.e. 2.3%. The rate of non-conforming samples has been the second best result of the year. “Before the touristic season it is unpleasant to find out that all the cases related to petrol. In 3 of the 5 poor quality petrol samples, the analysis saw significant deviations from the demanded quality which has risen suspicions of unauthorized manipulation wit...

One third of checked vendors offered fakes

(Partial report of the first quarter of 2013)(Prague, June 11, 2013) Consumers are still interested in buying products whose manufacturers and sellers benefit from famous names of owners of intellectual property rights, original designs, and illegal copies of both audio and video media. The market satisfies their demands despite surveillance authorities confiscate such products and repeatedly apply sanctions related to their offer and storage. Results of the inspections carried out by the Czech trade Inspection Authority in the first quarter of...

CTIA: Penalties for creditors

(Partial report for the first quarter of 2013)(Prague, June 4, 2013) Controls of the first quarter of 2013 that were focused on compliance with the Act on Consumer Credit repeatedly proved that this Act is also often breached by consumer credit intermediaries. “The Act was especially breached when the offers of consumer credit and related advertising didn’t include the obligatory information. Some intermediaries also didn’t have the appropriate authorization to provide or intermediate consumer credit,” the Director General of the CTIA Vladimír ...

Online sellers still deceive

(Partial report of first quarter 2013)(Prague, May 30, 2013) The control activities of the Czech Trade Inspection Authority have increasingly more focused on online retailers. During the first quarter of 2013, the officers monitored and subsequently checked 376 e-shops and found breaches in 76% of them. “The number of e-shops and amounts of their profits increases. However, the low legal literacy of sellers increases very slowly in relation to compliance with law and fulfilment of the obligations towards consumers. Our officers have repeatedly ...

Half of checked toy sellers broke the law

(Partial report of first quarter of 2013)(Prague, May 28, 2013) The Czech market with toys belongs among the fields annually monitored by the Czech Trade Inspection Authority. The main reason for the continuous surveillance is the fact that children as the main users of toys are not able to protect themselves against risky products that fail various safety conditions. “There is no place for dangerous toys in the market,” the Director General of the CTIA Vladimír Velčovský said. “Children’s Injuries occurred within games with toys belong among t...

Record fine for presentation events

(Prague, May 28, 2013) The Czech Trade Inspection Authority imposed the highest fine for presentation events ever. The fine imposed to the company 1. Česká reklamní amounted to 2 million CZK and was imposed for the use of aggressive commercial practices and for the failure to meet the information obligations. “With regard to the fact that the company 1. Česká reklamní repeatedly breached the Act on Consumer Protection and given that the new findings were very serious, I consider the fine amount suitable,” the Director General of the CTIA Vladim...
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