FACUA supports the Andalusian Administration disciplinary actions against 13 consumer rights associations for not adhering to the law

The regional General Administration of Consumer Protection has opened "suspension proceedings" for having eluded the yearly obligation that requires associations to publish their overall revenue and the number of members.

FACUA supports the Andalusian Administration disciplinary actions against 13 consumer rights associations for not adhering to the law

FACUA Andalusia shows its support for the General Administration for Consumer Protection's disciplinary actions to 13 of the 46 organisations that are enrolled on the register for autonomous consumer rights' associations, for not having fulfilled their yearly obligation of informing the regional Administration of their revenue and the number of members.

FACUA is currently waiting on the Administration to act with haste and transparency in the processing of the "suspension proceedings" that have already begun. By suspending their enrollment to the register, organisations may not be able to continue publicly presenting themselves as consumer rights' associations, in addition to potentially losing the right to receive public funding and to represent users as an advisory body or within court.

FACUA Andalusia has become aware of the actions after their general secretary Rubén Sánchez requested the documentation on the relation of the federations and associations that are enrolled on the Andalusian consumer organisations register through the Portal of Transparency on July 31st, that in the last five years have not fulfilled their legal obligations of informing the register of the number of members by December 31st of last year and/or of their total revenue.

Response from the General Administration of Consumer Protection

The enquiry received a response on October 31st, in which the general director for Consumer Protection for the regional Ministry for Health and Families, Juan Javier Márquez Cabeza, did not indicate the names of the organisations that have not communicated their on their current amount of members or their income to the Administration, but the response did include "it states that 13 suspension proceedings have been initiated for stated reasons".

In relation to the data relative to 2018, on September 12th the General Administration of Consumer Protection informed Sánchez through the Portal of Transparency that 17 organisations still had not fulfilled their obligation, even though they still had time to do so. The regional federation ADICAE and its eight provincial associations, the integrated associations for the UCAUCE federation in Huelva, Jaén and Seville, the Association of Consumers and Users EA, the Provincial Association of Consumers and Users in Jaén-Asproco, the Unión of European Consumers in Granada-Euroconsumo, the Association of Consumers and Users Marina de Sotogrande-Acumar and the Association of Consumers and Users for Sports-Acude are those in trouble.

As such, the General Administration of Consumer Protection indicates that the Association of European Consumers and Users in Seville have not fulfilled their obligation at all since it was established.