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Draft laws on consumer rights approved

1 February 2017

The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and Turkey are set to cooperate on the issue of protecting consumer rights and food safety.

Two draft laws related cooperation in these fields were approved by parliament on Monday.

Speaking in parliament before approving the law, Republican Turkish Party (CTP) MP Ferdi Sabit Soyer said that the protocol was legal positive.

Pointing out that consumers in the TRNC needed to be protected, Soyer criticised the fact that GSM mobile subscribers were informed about a price hike only one day before it happened.

Minister of Public Works and Communication Kemal Dürüst reminded that GSM mobile fees had gone up every six months.

Independent MP Mehmet Çakici who spoke on the issue argued that there was a serious lack of monitoring regarding consumer rights in the TRNC.

UBP Deputy Ersin Tatar said that it was important to implement laws concerning consumer rights and food safety standards.

Tatar also stated that contracts signed with GSM operators needed to be reassessed.

The Minister of Economy and Energy has also been working with the United Nations and the United Nations on a number of issues,

Stating that a law for consumers has existed in the country, Atun stated that the Competition Council and the Arbitration Board did not have the capacity to rule on matters and find solutions before disputed issues were taken to court.

Atun also announced that the law was being harmonised with EU law and would be presented to parliament soon.

BRT

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