Act No. 319/2019 amending Section 19 of the Act on Providing Services (1166/2009)
1 April 2019
The Consumer Ombudsman
The enforcement measures follow the Act on the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (661/2012) and the Consumer Protection Act (38/1978), which are assessed to be effective, proportionate and dissuasive enough.
These include injunctions, reinforced by a conditional fine, against a trader. In practice, the conditional fines imposed by the Market Court have varied between 40.000 and 100.000 euros.
The Finnish Government has issued a government bill (HE 54/2019) that sets out a penalty payment which can be up to an amount equaling 4% of the trader’s turnover in the financial year preceding the period of time when the act of infringement has ceased.
The European Consumer Centre Finland, part of the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority.