November 2011: The European Commission has published a consultation and it is vital that Your Stories are told!
Please go to www.ec.europa.eu/yourvoice, select your language then search for 2006/114/EC then proceed to fill out the questionnaire, submissions are published so keep it simple and factual.
You do not have to be an EU resident to submit information In fact it is important that those outside the EU who are affected by mailings from EU countries make their voice heard!
The consultation closes on 16 December 2011, so please do not delay, if you make your submission today it will not get forgotten!!
Past EU action includes The Report by Simon Busittil MEP in to combating misleading advertising by business-directory companies
There has been an established pattern with these guides that when one guide is forced out of business another emerges - by some amazing coincidence both Swiss guides sold many of their disputed contracts to companies outside Switzerland in the months before they were raided. These new companies continue to demand payment from people who signed the Swiss contacts in error. StopECG hopes that the Lucerne police will take a close interest in the way these operations were moved beyond Switzerland’s borders while the companies were under criminal investigation.
For people in dispute with Novachannel and Intercable StopECG advises that you make it clear to the new operators that you know that the company which mailed the contracts to you is closed pending prosecution. That you have no intention of paying while this criminal investigation continues and that you will complain to the police if you receive any more demands. We will publish contact details for police and other authorities in the host countries over the next few days.
If you have a particularly complete set of demands including letters sent from Switzerland and then from the new company based elsewhere it may be worth sending them to the Lucerne police, details can be found on the StopECG Blog
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|The European City Guide, Useful Facts|
|32,000,000||The Number of trick contracts mailed in the last 6 years.|
|250,000||The Approximate number who have signed ECG contracts.|
|Over 80%||are estimated to never pay the ECG. (Around 200,000 people)|
|0||The number of people reporting having been taken to court for refusal to pay.|
|over 580,000||Amount in fines levied agaisnt the ECG so far (In Euros)|
If you are a lawyer and are considering a well paid job attacking this website, please first take a minute to read what others have said about the ECG euroconsumer.org.uk (Citizens Advice Bureau) | Advertising Standards Authority | Office Of Fair Trading
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|ACTIVE GUIDES||European City Guide | E.C.G., S.L. | Construct Data (The Fair Guide) | TVV Telefax Directory | International Business and Trade Databases | IT&T International Fax Directory | CEA Kft | UTP Digital Directories | Med1web (Physicians And Therapists Guide) / TEMDI | Deutscher Adressdienst GmbH / DAD | EU Company Directory / Euro Business Guide | Easy Pages Ltd. | Expo-Guide | World Business Directory | World Business Guide|
|DEFUNCT GUIDES||European Internet Guide | First European City Guide | Tour and Travel Guide | The Millennium Guide | Intercable Verlag AG | Novachannel AG|
|DEBT COLLECTION||Gravis Inkasso Gmbh (inactive) | Premium Recovery AG (liquidated) | Ovag International AG (inactive)|
|RELATED FIRMS/PEOPLE||Maiwolf Holding / Maiwolf Management | Micro Mailers | Eye-Net GmbH | Meinolf Lüdenbach|
|NEWS/PRESS||News Archive | Going the the Press | Press Archive | Video/TV Archive|
|OTHER WARNINGS (most recent first)||Operation Zero | NoDots Internet service | Lottery 'Winner' Scam | Domain registry warning | Data Protection scams | The Nigerian (419) Scam|
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|10th August 2009 Newspaper Article in Tages Anzeiger English Translation On StopECG|
|28th July 2009 New Page added World Business Guide|
|14th July 2008 New Page added World Business Directory|
|28th May 2008 New Page added Expo-Guide|
|11th April 2007 ECG Lose Barcelona Appeal - 2003 conviction is upheld|
|4th April 2007 Belgian Court Convicts the ECG of Fraud|
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To Pay or not to pay
|For legal reasons StopECG cannot issue advice either generally or to individuals on the issue of whether you should part with money based on the document you have signed. All we can do is appraise you of the situation as it stands and allow you to make up your own mind. We hope the notes below are of assistance.|
Whenever filing official complaints, we recommend you keep your letters short, polite and factual. If you feel the original document was misleading, please breifly explain why
You should include copies of all Correspondence you have had with the guide and with their agents. We reccomend you send high quality photocopies and should keep your original correspondence on file. If you have lost or destroyed any documents please note this in your letter of complaint.
|Submitting Complaints by email or Fax? StopECG feels that complaints carry more weight when submitted by post. If you file complaints by email or Fax you will still need to copy all your correspondence with the ECG and their agents. By email such letters and documents should be sent as PDF or image files.|
The ECG launched an appeal against the ruling but then moved and it is unclear if the appeal was ever heard, that said, if you are receiving demands for money based on the condemned contract you should contact the Catalan authority.
Explain to them that you know they took court action and penalized the ECG in 2003, and that you cannot understand why you are still being pursued for money even after the ruling! Explain that you are writing to the Authorities in Valencia as well and CC the letter to the 2 addresses above.
Please remember to include copies of all your correspondence with the ECG and the debt collection companies they have employed.
Send your complaint to:
Generalitat de Catalunya,
Dirección General de Consumo y Seguridad Industrial,
|IMPORTANT: If you are also filing a complaint against Premium Recovery AG or Gravis Inkasso Gmbh. Please include the fact that your contract has been ruled as misleading with your letter of complaint. We recommend that you print off the OFT press release and send a copy.|
Residents of the European Union are asked to send a copy of the complaint to their MEP (Member European Parliament). If you do not know who your MEP is, click the one of the links below and look them up. You may find that you are represented by more than one MEP, if so, please contact them all!!|
http://www.europarl.eu.int/ ALL EU Countries please navigate to your country
http://www.writetothem.com/ UK Only (enter your postcode, you can then fax direct from the webform!)
http://www.europarl.org.uk/uk_meps/MembersMain.htm UK Only (for postal addresses)