Kyrgyzstan's new Coordination Council on Consumer Protection held its first meeting on 17 December, kabar.kg reported. Prime Minister Nikolai Tanaev, who chairs the council, said the country needs a consumer-protection body to ensure the quality of goods and services being offered to the public, and also because Kyrgyzstan has made a commitment to bring its legislation into line with that of the European Union. The council includes government officials and members of public organizations dealing with consumer protection, and Tanaev called for the active assistance of the public as well. Among the issues raised at the first meeting were the drafting of model contracts for technical services in apartment buildings and for electricity supplies, as well as the approval of a council work plan for 2004. That plan calls for the council to concentrate initially on consumer protection in the retail sector.
Kabar.kg, December 17, 2003