(Partial report of 2nd quarter of 2014)
(Prague, August 29, 2014) In the 2nd quarter, CTA inspectors inspected in total 206 presentation sales events and detected shortcomings in 170 cases, i.e. 82.5% of cases. Unannounced events were the priority within the schedule of inspections because inspectors learned about them only from information and invitations sent to the CTIA from journalists and from consumers invited by organizers. The number of proven violations increased with the help of collaboration with the public because failure to comply with information obligation to announce the organized event is an administrative offense. 53 entities announced organizing of the total of 16,800 events to the Czech Trade Inspection Authority in the 1st half-year. However, it is not possible to find out exactly how many events were really held. “Combination of targeted inspections together with tougher legal conditions for organization of such events resulted in lower number of findings concerning the worst forms of aggressive commercial practices that used to be used at these events,” Mojmír Bezecný, the Director General of the CTIA, evaluated the impact of the amendment of the Act on Consumer Protection. “However, the problem of real enforcement of rights to withdraw from contracts concluded at presentation sales events still remains. Therefore I recommend consumers not to participate in such events.” Sanctions imposed for shortcomings detected within inspections of presentation sales events exceeded 5 million CZK in the second quarter of 2014.
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