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Information Obligations and Disinformation of Consumers: Greek Law Report

  • Antonios G. Karampatzos
  • Charalampos A. Kotios
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Part of the Ius Comparatum - Global Studies in Comparative Law book series (GSCL, volume 33)

Abstract

This chapter summarizes the basic principles and legal provisions regarding consumer protection in Greece. Greek consumer protection law is heavily influenced by European law and significant similarities to other Member-states’ legislation are evident. The main focus of this chapter falls on the evaluation of General Transaction Terms, which are found in most commercial contracts and are rarely negotiated over with consumers, as they apply on a “take-it-or-leave-it” basis. Pre-contractual information duties of the seller and the rights of consumers vis-à-vis sellers arise both from sector-specific legislation as the Civil Code. Another significant aspect of Greek law is the protection of consumers against unfair and misleading commercial practices, whereas of particular interest are especially vulnerable consumer categories. Specific legal provisions apply to financial contracts concluded over distance, such as loan agreements or insurance policies, thereby granting consumers of said products a heightened level of protection. As distance contracts are now dominated by the use of the Internet, a targeted regulatory framework for “digital consumers” is required.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonios G. Karampatzos
    • 1
  • Charalampos A. Kotios
    • 1
  1. 1.National Kapodistrias University of Athens, Law SchoolAthensGreece

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