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EC asked to rule on unfair commercial practices

IN A WRITTEN question to the European Commission Irish MEP Seán Kelly has highlighted the fact that the current legal provisions in Cyprus to protect buyers’ rights are totally inadequate, despite assurances made to the EU by the Republic.

He has called on the Commission to confirm that the failure to transfer legal ownership of immovable properties immediately after purchase is an unfair practice.

Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Seán Kelly (PPE)

Subject: Cypriot property developers and unfair commercial practices

Pursuant to Directive 2005/29/EC on unfair commercial practices and Cyprus Law 103 (I)/2007, which states that many buyers in Cyprus are without the title deeds to their homes, the current legal provisions in Cyprus to protect buyers’ rights are totally inadequate, despite assurances to the EU by the Republic of Cyprus.

The head of the Cyprus Consumers Association recently admitted to the media that he had not heard of the law, despite Article 17 of the directive mandating that the state inform consumers.

Can the Commission confirm that the failure to transfer legal ownership of immovable properties immediately after purchase is an unfair practice in all circumstances, regardless of what contract was signed?

Further reading

Written question to European Commission E-007067/2011: Cypriot property developers and unfair commercial practices

About Seán Kelly

Seán Kelly was elected as a Fine Gael candidate at the 2009 European Parliament election for the South constituency. He is a member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Regional Development and the delegation for relations with the United States. He also serves as a substitute member of the Committee on Culture and Education and the delegation for relations with Canada.

He has been highly active since entering the Parliament, having spoken in the plenary session 309 times, and having tabled 314 parliamentary questions as of July 2011.