UDC 339.923:658.562(4-672EU)
Biblid: 1451-3188, 18 (2019)
Vol. 18, No 68, pp. 54-73

Оriginal article
Received: 30 Apr 2019
Accepted: 29 May 2019


SIMIĆ Aleksandar (Ministarstvo trgovine, turizma i telekomunikacija, Beograd), simicaleksandar89@gmail.com

In a very turbulent period for the European Union which began in 2009, there has been a problem that was, compared to politically more important crises, unfairly placed on the margins. It is a problem that has been noticed and presented by almost all Member States of the Union from the so-called former Eastern Bloc i.e., the placing of the same products but of different quality (dual-quality products) to consumers in the east related to consumers in the west part of the EU single market. The aim of this analysis is to systematically demonstrate what this problem is, how it came about, and what the reaction was at the EU level on this issue. By analyzing the EU\'s most relevant acquis that regulates placing products on the single market and protects consumers in this regard, it will clearly be stated which legislative changes need to be made in order to tackle this problem. Bearing in mind the fact that the EU single market is governed by the same rules represents perhaps the most important argument why it is good to be a member of the EU, such a phenomenon is the alarm that this argument is seriously threatened. In this regard, it is essential that the EU institutions place this problem high on the agenda of the activities that need to be carried out to enable all members to take full advantage of the possibilities that the EU single market offers.

Keywords: European Union, Single Market, Dual Quality Products, Consumer Protection