Protection of consumer rights in CIS discussed in Armenian Tsakhkadzor

Protection of consumer rights in CIS discussed in Armenian Tsakhkadzor

YEREVAN, May 21. /ARKA/. The level of protection of consumer rights and further measures were discussed at a meeting of the advisory board on protection of consumer rights in CIS countries

The tow-day meeting started Tuesday in Tsakhkadzor resort town of Armenia.

The CIS legislation is adopted to protect consumer rights in all fields – from healthcare to finance, said Gennady Onishenko, chairman of the advisory board.

One of the important aspects is the quality and safety of products and the food safety in particular, Onishenko said.

The main purpose of these laws is to form an informed and educated consumer society that is able to protect its rights, according to Onishenko.

Onishenko said he would like every Russian to be as much aggressive and literate as an average American in winning million-worth compensations for damage to their health, for moral damage, and etc. In this respect his said Russian courts have no sufficient experience and the gap should be made up for supported by government agencies.

According to Onishenko, citizens should be informed about both positive and negative effects of scientific achievements and about genetically modified food, nanotechnology, synthetic biology in particular.

Onishenko said reports made at the meeting show measures are being taken in CIS countries in this respect. Armenia as well has done much in this direction, he said.

Television, leaflets and consulting centers in particular may serve as means of increasing public awareness, Onishenko said.

Head of the Russian consumer rights supervision department Anna Popova, in her turn, said respective measures are taken to teach this information already in schools.

Armenia’s minister of economy Karen Chshmarityan appreciated that not only state officials but also NGOs are taking part in the meeting and participate in the process.

A protocol is expected to be signed on further cooperation after the advisory board meeting. –0—

13:17 21.05.2014

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