The Ministry of Justice of the Slovak Republic has submitted to the inter-ministerial comment procedure a bill on Actions for the Protection of Collective Interests of Consumers and on Amendments and Additions to Certain Acts (hereinafter referred to as "Bill").
The Bill transposes into Slovak Law Council Directive (EU) 2020/1828 of 25th November 2020 on representative actions for the protection of consumers' collective interests, repealing Directive 2009/22/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council. The aim of the transposed Directive is to ensure that consumers in all Member States have at least one effective and efficient procedural mechanism for actions for the protection of consumers' collective interests, thereby increasing consumer confidence, empowering consumers to exercise their rights, bringing about fairer competition and creating a level playing field for traders operating in the internal market.
The most significant changes introduced by the Bill include:
The Bill is proposed to come into force on 25th June 2023. It will be interesting to see whether and to what extent the final wording of the Bill differs from the original one, or whether it will be found useful in practice.