SOMO joins the call of a coalition of civil society organizations for the EU and its member states to focus on a
Justice, fairness, and equality before the law are the cornerstone of European values, on which our democratic societies are built. However, the power imbalance between individuals and large companies can effectively block victims of harm…
Justice, fairness, and equality are values often trumpeted by the EU and rightly so; they form the cornerstone of our democratic societies. However, the power imbalance between individuals and large companies can effectively block victims of harm caused by business activities from seeking redress through judicial means, as the costs and risks are too high for the average individual. The solution to this problem lies in enabling effective means for collective redress at the EU level.
A horizontal approach would enable collective redress for violations of environmental, labour, anti-discrimination, privacy and investor rights. Violations of these type of rights have the potential to impact complete societies – beyond consumer rights. Unfortunately, accusations of human right violations linked to the operations and activities of corporations have reached alarming levels.