UNIONS OF CONSUMERS INSIST ON A NEW LAW
On the eve of the International Consumer Day (March 15), the Bulgarian consumers unions announced that the currently operating law does not protect the rights of buyers in Bulgaria. The act is not efficient in solving disputes with monopolistic organizations, neither is useful in cases, subject to special legislation such as laws on food, energy, water, etc. This was announced by Pavel Kurlev, Chairman of the National Consumer Information Union. Together with his colleagues from the Consumer Federation, the Independent Union of Consumers in Bulgaria, and the Bulgarian Academy of Consumers, he insisted on introducing clear criteria for allocation of budget funds meant to support the activities of organisations. That would let consumers get rid of false unions representing 10-15 of their relatives, spokesmen of the organisations explained. In 2003, the nine national unions are going to share BGN54,000 budget funds.