Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/61148
Authors: 
Kösters, Wim
Paul, Stephan
Stein, Stefan
Year of Publication: 
2004
Series/Report no.: 
RWI Materialien 9
Abstract: 
Although the aims of the proposed new CCD are positive, the current draft is unlikely to help to fulfil them. The regulations that are intended to protect consumers seem to work against their interests. They would not make the market more transparent or effective, increase the level of protection, or harmonise legislation throughout the EU. Instead, the proposals (which are well intended but excessive) would weaken the spirit of competition on both the supply and demand sides. Consumer protection with a proper degree of moderation would involve regulation that strikes a balance between the consumer's (1) justified right to protection, (2) obligation to act responsibly and (3) right to self-determination instead of schoolmarmish government intervention. It will become more important to enable consumers to protect themselves. This can only be achieved by providing them with appropriate advice and information; bank regulation is the wrong policy instrument for this.
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ISBN: 
3-936454-18-3
Document Type: 
Research Report

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