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Regulation of Abusive Debt Collection Practices in the EU Member States: An Empirical Account

C.-G. Stănescu ()
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C.-G. Stănescu: University of Copenhagen

Journal of Consumer Policy, 2021, vol. 44, issue 2, No 2, 179-216

Abstract: Abstract The article seeks to establish, in a comprehensive manner, if and how abusive debt collection practices are regulated in the respondent EU Member States. Using empirical data gathered from consumer and supervisory agencies as well as debt collection associations in 26 EU Member States, it provides an insight into (a) the existence of a licencing regime for debt collectors; (b) the potential transboundary dimension of debt collection and its implications for the common market; (c) the types of abusive debt-collection practices encountered in the Member States; (d) the efficacy of self-regulation via Codes of Conduct; and (e) the potential traditional remedies available to consumer-debtors. The article concludes that the existence of different national models creates potential issues and discrepancies in the legal status and defences available to consumer-debtors across the EU, which ultimately affects the proper functioning of the single credit servicing market. The advocated solution is that of a harmonized sector-specific regulation of abusive debt collection practices at EU level.

Keywords: Debt-collection; Abusive practices; Member States; Code of Conduct; European Union; Consumer financial protection (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1007/s10603-020-09476-8

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