• Joaquín Sarrión EsteveEmail author


In the present chapter, we propose to analyse the category of consumer and how this individual status is being conditioned by European Union (EU) law. After a brief reference to the methodology used, the analysis begins with a consideration about the foundations of consumer protection in EU law and how it developed from an instrument to develop the EU internal market to a relevant one to define the Status of EU citizens and residents as consumers and players in the market under modern EU law. We will consider consumer protection configuration, the notion of consumer, and the development of a consumer legal framework in the EU, with references to national legislation that can reinforce consumer status. We also consider the European Court of Justice (ECJ) case law, not only regarding its important role in the definition of the notion of a consumer but also in the development of a consumer constitutional procedural for Status, consolidating the consumer position in the national judicial process.


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  1. 1.Ramón y Cajal Programme, Departamento de Derecho ConstitucionalUniversidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED)MadridSpain

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