Bill to stop barrage of annoying cold callers

Cold calls offering €1 insulation deals could soon be banned

There is potential good news for readers fed-up with persistent cold calls – particularly from firms selling insulation for €1

A new amendment to an anti-cold calling bill, making it illegal for firms to promote home renovation, energy-saving products or services by telephone, is expected to become law in the next few months.

Finance Minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher said complaints about these calls soared by 20% between 2018 and 2019 and strengthening the law is a necessity.

The bill aims to make unsolicited marketing calls illegal outside Monday to Saturday office hours. It also introduces tougher sanctions to improve Bloctel, the much-criticised free-to-use government-backed service, where members of the ...

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