▷ More rights, more grants, more environmental protection / What will happen in the new year …


29.11.2021 – 11:17

Consumer advice center North Rhine-Westphalia eV

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Dusseldorf (ots)

  • Shorter notice periods for contracts and a cancellation button for term contracts concluded online strengthen consumer rights
  • The e-prescription arrives, card payments at e-charging stations and the employer’s allowance for company pensions are mandatory
  • Better environmental protection through the increase in the CO2 price, an extended one-way deposit and more options for returning old electrical appliances

Some things will be more expensive in the New Year, such as fuel, traveling by train or postage. But consumers benefit in many ways, including from new laws and regulations that will come into force at the beginning or in the course of the coming year.

Wolfgang Schuldzinski, CEO of the North Rhine-Westphalia Consumer Center: “Consumers can look forward to a number of innovations in the coming year. The hurdles for terminating contracts are significantly lower, especially when concluding contracts. And new regulations on the recycling of electrical appliances or the mandatory deposit on non-returnable plastic bottles make it easier for you sustainable use of valuable resources. ”

Specifically, for example, shorter notice periods apply to contracts concluded from March 1, 2022. In addition, consumers can terminate the contract within one month after the minimum contract period and are not automatically bound for a further year in the case of cell phone or energy contracts, for example. In addition, providers who offer the conclusion of term contracts via their homepage must also set up a cancellation button on their websites from July 1, 2022. Contracts concluded online, such as a membership in the fitness studio or a magazine subscription, should be able to be terminated more quickly and easily.

Also positive: In the new year, the employer’s allowance for company pension schemes, for example for deferred compensation, will be mandatory for all contracts. Until now, the subsidy requirement only applied to new contracts, now also to existing contracts. In addition, the seizure protection will be improved from January. Now not only the needs of the debtors and their families must be taken into account, but also those of other people who live in the household.

For better climate protection, the CO2 price will rise at the beginning of the year – from 25 to 30 euros per ton. This increases the price of petrol by 1.5 cents per liter, heating oil and diesel are 1.6 cents per liter more expensive. The extension of the one-way deposit to all beverage cans and PET bottles also helps protect the environment. The exemptions for certain drinks will no longer apply from January 1, 2022. From July 2022 at the latest, old electrical appliances can also be returned to supermarkets and discounters under certain conditions.

In addition, paying when charging e-cars will be easier, because by mid-2023 charging stations will have to accept card payments in addition to cash payments. There will also be changes in the area of ​​health. For example, from January the electronic prescription will be compulsory for prescription drugs. And there is more money for certain care services.

“This brief overview alone shows that some things are in motion. But there is still a lot to be done to continue to consistently strengthen consumer rights,” emphasizes Schuldzinski. “Socially fair climate protection, affordable energy prices, security in the digital world and forward-looking measures for a good pension and care are just some of the building sites that have to be tackled consistently. The new year will be exciting because the traffic light coalition in Berlin has promised a lot . We will observe whether a clear agenda for more consumer protection is implemented in the federal government and in North Rhine-Westphalia. ”

Note to editors:

There is one in the appendix Overview of the most important changes in 2022, structured according to the following subject areas:

  • Rights and Contracts
  • Finance and Insurance
  • health and nutrition
  • energy and Environment
  • mobility

We also offer Graphics for each subject area (can be used free of charge by mentioning: consumer advice centers / freepik)

Further links and information

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Press office consumer center NRW
Tel. (0211) 38 09-101
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