World Consumer Rights Day – a time to reflect

Today is World Consumer Rights Day. It was established to remember the basic consumer rights and through them to become more aware of the difficulties that consumers face on a daily basis. Consumers’ difficulties depend on the markets they face. Thus the focus tends to change depending on the level at which the organisation operates. As a local consumer organisation, the Għaqda tal-Konsumaturi (GħK), we associate ourselves with all three levels – the global, the regional and the local – because of their relevance to local consumers.

Are consumer associations dying?

The Consumer Association consists of a few unpaid volunteers who dedicate their free time to help fellow consumers. The main source of funding is a small annual membership fee, which, even if increased drastically, will still not enable the association to engage full-time professionals.