The first Transnational Training Workshop will address the impact of Article 47 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and general European principles upon consumer protection. By focusing on the ongoing judicial dialogue among national and European Courts, the workshop is meant to enable training participants to thoroughly analyse the scope of application of the CFREU, the modes and consequences of the application of the EU general principles of effectiveness, equivalence, fair trial and proportionality as well as practical examples of balancing of different fundamental rights involved in consumer cases.

Special attention will be devoted, firstly, to the boundaries of consumer protection in relation with the status of consumer and the impact of ex officio powers and contractual remedies (from invalidity to moderation and restitution) upon the scope of effective consumer protection; secondly, the possible effects of the pending reform of EU consumer law ("New Deal For Consumers") on the settled case law concerning collective and administrative redress will be discussed; a specific session will finally address effective consumer protection in the digital era among digital services, online platforms and social networks.

The training event is intended for judges and, although to a minor extent, lawyers from all over the EU. The objective is to enhance the mutual awareness of workshop participants regarding similarities and differences amongst the EU Member States in the field of the effective protection of consumer rights. To this end, plenary sessions will be combined with interactive group sessions aimed at stimulating open discussion over hypothetical cases. Guidance on the project materials and how to contribute to their continuous development throughout FRICoRe will be also provided.

 

Programme

Monday, 3rd February 2020 Day 1

8:30 – 9:00

Registration

9:00 – 9:30

Welcome address and
and presentation of the FRICoRe Casebook on Consumer protection

Mireia Artigot, Fernando Gómez Pomar, Pompeu Fabra University
Paola Iamiceli, University of Trento, FRICoRe Scientific Coordinator

9:30 – 10:45

Keynote speech

Justice Maria Ángeles Parra, Spanish Supreme Court

10:45 -11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30

ROUNDTABLE 1
Unfair terms, ex officio powers and contract integration

Chair: Fernando Gómez Pomar, Pompeu Fabra University

José María Fernández Seijo, Barcelona Appellate Court
Giuseppe Fiengo, Tribunal of Milan
Bàlint Gàbor Kovàcs, Szombathely Regional Court

Charlotte Pavillon, University of Groningen

12:30 – 13:00

Steering Committee
(only for Project Partners)

13:00 -14:00Lunch Break
14:00 – 15:45Hypothetical 1
15:45 – 17:15

ROUNDTABLE 2
Individual v. Collective action redress

Chair: Fabrizio Cafaggi, Italian Council of State, Coordinator of the FRICoRe Advisory Board

Michal Novotny, Regional Court Krajsky Sud, Trnava
Ilaria Gentile, Trinunal of Milan
Carles Vendrell, Uría Menéndez Abogados, S.L.P., Barcelona

Sandra Passinhas, Coimbra University
17:15 – 17:30Coffee Break
17:30 – 19:15Hypothetical 2
20:30Dinner

Tuesday, 4th February 2020 Day 2

9:00-10:00

Keynote Speech

Prof. Florencia Marotta-Wrugler, NYU School of Law

10:00 – 11:30

ROUNDTABLE 3
Consumer protection and online platforms

Chair: Paola Iamiceli, University of Trento, FRICoRe Scientific Coordinator

Viola Nobili, Tribunal of Milan
Karolina Rokita-Kornasiewicz, Local Court in Przemysl
Addis Tammiku, Tallinn District Court

Mireia Artigot, Pompeu Fabra University

11:30 – 12:00

Coffee break

12:00 – 13:30

Hypothetical 3

13:30 – 14:30

Lunch Break

14:30 – 15:30

UPF Library Tour

15:30 – 17:30

PANEL DISCUSSION
Consumer protection in the digital environment: the way forward

Mateusz Grochowski, Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences
Algorithmic price calculation and EU consumer law: continuations and contradictions.

Carlos Gómez, Pompeu Fabra University
Rules and Standards in Algorithm Contracts.

Chiara Angolini, FRICoRe Research Fellow, University of Trento
The crossroads between consumer protection and data protection.

Eduardo López-Román, Lawyer specialized in digital rights

The principle of transparency and privacy by design under GDPR.