During the past four years, the European Commission worked on legislative initiatives to upgrade the EU’s digital services rules: the Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Digital Markets Act (DMA). The Digital Services Act is aimed to establish a new set of obligations for hosting services, marketplaces, and online platforms
As we have seen so often in the past years, the European authorities have been mainly concerned with protecting the interests of the business users in drafting the Digital Markets Act (DMA) and have forgotten about the so much-needed consumer protection. It is about time to enhance consumer protection in
The Directive for the Rights of Victims (DIRECTIVE 2012/29/EU) prescribes everything needed to protect consumers and care for fraud victims. Based on the experiences made by the fraud victims we represent we realized that there is a severe backlog in adopting the Victims´Rights Directive in many European Union member countries.
Today, EFRI represents 876 mainly European victims who lost their life savings of more than EUR 45.9 million to boiler room scammers. Fraud victims transferred EUR 45.9 million to beneficial owners of fraudulent websites through various European banks/financial service providers. Our updated Follow the Money evaluation (downloadable here) and our studies of the
The money laundering scandals of recent years in the European Union have shown that the European Union’s banking sector, particularly, remains highly vulnerable to cross-border money laundering. Some late scandals like the #Wirecard scandal in Germany and the #Kobenhavn Andelskasse scandal or the Danske Bank scandal in Denmark made the