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1976
04.16 Inception (Lee Suk-jong as founding President), initiating organization: Korea Council of Women's Organizations, National Council of Homemakers' Classes, Korean Federation of Housewives' Clubs, Bylaws of National YWCA of Korea Council of Consumer Protection Organizations

1978
03.14 Registered as an incorporated association (Economic Planning Board Approval No. 36)
05.12. Registered with the City of Seoul as a consumer organization (No. 1)
09.25. First issue of Monthly magazine The Consumer published (large octavo, 52 pages)
11.06. the 1st National Consumer Rally held

1979
02.15. Consumers Union of Korea Joins the Council
07.03. Consumer Dial, a consumer complaint center, opened

1980
02.14. 2nd President Son In-sil takes office

1981
02.28. The Council's own consumer complaint center closed down and its duties relegated to complaint centers run by 4 member organizations
12.03. "Consumers'Day" created (Dec. 3)

1982
02.19 3rd President Jeong Gwang-mo inaugurated
03.01 Joined IOCU as a correspondent member

1983
02.01 Product Inspection Dept. created
12.03 2nd Consumers' Day seminar hosted on the theme of 'the Organized Consumer'

1984
02.24 4th President Lee Yun-ja takes office
12.03 3rd Consumers' Day seminar hosted on the theme of 'Clean Environment, Consumer Power'

1985
03.07 Citizens Alliance for Consumer Protection of Korea joins the Council
06.05 Consumer Rally on the theme of 'Wisdom for Today's Economy'
10.    1st show of weekly consumer exhibition held
12.03 4th Consumers' Day seminar hosted on the theme of 'Making a Difference: An Economic Strategy for Consumers'

1986
02.21 5th President Hong Suk-ja inaugurated
07.24 President Hong Suk-ja resigns at 10th Extraordinary Meeting, 6th President Kim Cheon-ju takes office
12.03 5th Consumers' Day seminar
12.30 "Are You an Informed Consumer? " published

1987
06.30 6 member organizations registered with the Economic Planning Board pursuant to the amended Consumer Protection Act
06.25 "Protection Programs and Damage Compensation Fact Sheet "issued
12.03 6th Consumers' Day seminar hosted on the topic of 'Rallying for Consumer Law Revision'

1988
02.29 7th President Kim Dong-hwan appointed
03.05 The Korea Institute for Public Welfare and Korea Consumer Education Center join the Council
03.14 10th Anniversary celebration event on the theme of 'Consumer Movements on the Eve of the New Millennium'
05.12 Korea National Council of Women joins the Council
12.10 National Council of YWCAs of Korea joins the Council
12.03 7th Consumers' Day seminar on the topic of 'Consumer Protection in the Age of Localization'

1989
01.    Bogus sales practices in department stores publicly denounced; an oversight organization for surveillance of department stores and receiving related consumer complaints opened
02.    Proclaimed 1989 as "the Better Business Year"
05.11 8th President Cho Young-hwang sworn in
12.03 8th Consumers' Day seminar on the topic of 'Import Liberalization and Consumer Response'

1990
02.23 9th President Park Geum-sun inaugurated
12.03 9th Consumers' Day seminar hosted on the theme of 'The Impact of UR Negotiations on the Korean Economy'

1991
12.31 Growing Consumers, an elementary school textbook, published
12.03 10th Consumers' Day seminar on the topic of 'Toward a Better Distribution Structure in Agricultural Produce'

1992
02.    10th President Jeong Gwang-mo sworn in
06.26 First issue of the weekly newsletter appeared
12.    Court rules department stores responsible of bogus sales guilty of fraudulent business practice
12.03 11th Consumers' Day seminar hosted on the theme of 'Shaping A New Consumer'

1993
03.15

Celebration event for 11th World Consumer Rights Day held on the theme of 'Multinational Firms and Consumer Interest'

08.    Supreme Court upholds verdict against department stores accused of bogus sales
12.03 12th Consumers' Day seminar held on the topic of 'A Consumer Movement for Citizens' Autonomy in Civic Society'

1994
01.21 Issued official protest on behalf of consumer organizations at large against the bill submitted by the Administrative Reform Committee on loosening restrictive measures on the labeling requirement on date of manufacture in garments and apparel
02.    11th President Kang Mun-gyu inaugurated
10.24 Legislative petition filed, submitting amendment proposal for Consumer Protection Act
12.03 13th Consumers' Day seminar hosted on the theme of 'Public Services and Consumer Safety'
12.09 'Honorary Oversight Committee for Food Hygiene and Safety ' formed

1995
03.04 'Green Card for Healthy and Just Consumer Culture' issued and distributed
07.05 Issued public statement on Sampung Department Store disaster; opened 158 complaint filing centers nationwide for consumer safety hazard issues
12.03 14th Consumers' Day seminar held on the topic of 'When Consumer Movements Do their Share in Putting an End to Corruption'

1996
02.    12th President Jeong Gwang-mo sworn in
04.19 Celebration event for 20th Anniversary of the Council
10.01 Public hearing held on the Product Liability Act (draft)
12.03 Celebration event and lectures for Consumer Protection Day
12.04
  ~05
Korea-EU Joint Forum hosted to celebrate the 1st Consumer Protection Day

1997
03.20 Emergency response meeting discussing ways to protect consumer interest against Amway products distributed using a multi-level marketing scheme
04.22 Multilateral citizens' commission created
04.24 Meeting with Amway Korea Ltd to demand corrective actions on unfair business practices
05.22 Filed case against Amway Korea Ltd with the Fair Trade Commission
06.05 Campaign 'Don't Let Amway Fool You' launched
12.03 Celebration event and lectures hosted on the occasion of the 2nd Consumer Protection Day
12.29 Established the citizens' movement headquarters for gold drive for repayment of national foreign debts and served as office of secretary general (involving 104 citizens organizations)

1998
02.    13th President Lee Nam-ju inaugurated
03.18 Inauguration ceremony for 'Consumer Organization Price Watcher Squad' (Seoul, 195 price watchers)
05.11 Letter of complaint sent to the EU Chamber of Commerce in Korea on the derogatory remarks on consumer organizations published in its 'Trade Issue 1998
06.02 Lodged grievance against Chosun Ilbo, the national daily, with the Press Arbitration Commission, charging the newspaper with libel and defamation for citing materials published by the EU Chamber of Commerce without due verification
06.18 Organized a rally against the Regulatory Reform Committee to protest indiscriminate regulatory liberalization initiatives and to renew resolution to work toward healthy and just consumer culture
09.11 Filed criminal charge against the EU Chamber of Commerce for libel against consumer organizations
12.03 Celebration event and symposium held on the occasion of 3rd Consumer Protection Day

1999
03.09 Issued public statement on behalf of consumer organizations issued concerning government reorganization
04.13 Held public hearing on chronic issues relating to Seoul's subway system
12.03 Celebration event held for the 4th Consumer Protection Day

2000
01.26 Street protest organized to demand re-export of pork imported from Belgium
01.28 Held public hearing for revision of the Home Solicitation Sales Act
02.    14th President Kim Cheon-ju takes office
06.01 Consumer Rally for Energy Saving held
09.01 Forum hosted to discuss safety measures on imported food articles
- title: A Forum on Imported Food Safety: the Case of Lead Slug-inserted Blue Crabs
12.01 Consumers' Day seminar held on the theme of 'How Safe Are Daily Household Goods?'
12.07 Campaign to encourage participation in traffic regulation scheme, banning cars from circulation on calendar dates matching with last digits of license plate number

2001
02.15 Forum on GMO foods
- content: Response measures toward the upcoming GMO labeling requirement imposed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
09.24 Meeting with Subcommittee for New Shopping Culture of the Council of Citizens' Movements for World Cup 2002
- content: Cooperation between the Council of Citizens' Movements and consumer organizations, missions for citizens' movements for World Cup 2002
11.23 Report of results of the survey of consumer satisfaction on public services provided by the city of Seoul in 2001 and press conference
12.04 6th Consumers' Day seminar hosted on the theme of 'Pay-per-view content and Consumer Protection'
12.04 Unity rally of volunteer consumer activists on the occasion of Consumers' Day
12.05 6th Consumers' Day ceremony and seminar on the topic of 'Protecting Consumer Interest in the Age of Information'
12.    Consumer education website for children 'Consumer World for Kids' launched

2002
01.    Regions covered by special price monitoring extended to 36
02.    15th President Lee Yun-ja sworn in
05.    National Consumer Price Committee workshop hosted
05.22 'Consumer Protection Center for Foreigners' opened in preparation for World Cup 2002
05.    Campaign to encourage adoption of price-as-marked policy among shops in the run-up to the World Cup
07.31 Meeting to discuss support and follow-up activities following the entry into force of the Product Liability Act
- content: presentation on support programs made available by government agencies in conjunction with the entry into force of the Product Liability Act and follow-up measures
10.    Developed information portal 'Food Hazard Information System'
10.    Developed web portal 'One-click Consumer Info'
12.03 7th Consumers' Day seminar on the topic of 'Toward More Effective Consumer Compensation Programs'
12.23 Activity Report 2002 presented by the Honorary Oversight Committee for Food Hygiene and Safety

2003
09.    'The Public Hearing for Consumers' Right to Know' held (on the dropped charge against Puluwon relating to GMO tofu)
12.03    8th Consumers' Day seminar hosted on the theme of 'Coming to the Rescue of the Consumer Economy'
12.    Dispute Resolution Committee formed

2004
02.    16th President Lee Haeng-ja inaugurated
06.    1st National Working Level Training
Content: Improvement of Consumer Organizations' Role, Leadership of Consumer Organizations
11.12 Evaluation of the 2004 Brand Rice Project
Content: Award for the Top Brand Rice, Award for the Best Online Rice Consumer Rally, Seminar for the Development of Rice Distribution
12.01 Seminar for the 9th Consumers' Day
Content: Era of Consumers, Changing Consumers

2005
03.    Workshop for Seoul Bus Monitors
Content: Case Study and Operational Direction with Seoul Bus Monitors
05.    Workshop for Consumer Representatives of the Price Committee
Content: 2005 Economy Forecast, Public Service and Fee
09.03 Evaluation of the 2004 Brand Rice Project
Content: Presentation of Project Results, Award Ceremony for the Top Brand Rice Seminar for the Development of Rice Distribution
09.    Workshop for Price Monitors
Content: 2006 Economy Forecast, Economy and Consumers, Marketing and Consumer Research
10.11
  ~12
2nd National Working Level Training
Content: Communication Skills, Proposal Writing
12.01 Seminar for the 10th Consumers' Day
Content: Internet and Consumers

2006
02.    17th Chairperson Jeong Gwang Mo takes office
05.29
  ~30
1st Working Level Training in 2006
Content: Lawsuit and Law
10.17 Total Evaluation of Brand Rice Projects
10.26 2nd Working Level Training in 2006
Content: Basic Consumer Law, International Standards for Consumer Policy Case Study of Consumer Movements
11.28 Seminar for the 11th Consumers' Day
Content: Basic Consumer Law and Consumer Movements
12.08
 ~09
National Conference on Consumer Prices
Content: 2006 Achievement Report, Discussion of Efficiency Improvement
12.15 International Forum on Consumer Education Strategy
Content: Education Strategy to Improve Consumers' Rights

2007
06.04
  ~05
1st Working Level Training in 2007
Content: Five Essential Laws for Consumers, Collective Lawsuit, Understanding Medical Lawsuits
10.02 2007 Total Evaluation of Brand Rice Projects
10.04
  ~05
2007 Workshop for Price Monitors
Content: Importance of Price Monitors and Performance Upgrade
10.18 2nd Working Level Training in 2007
Content: CSW for Workers in Consumer Organizations
11.    1st Consumer Forum
Content: What Should We Prepare for Collective Lawsuits?
12.07 Seminar for the 12th Consumers' Day
Content: Forecast and Mission for Globalization
12.13
 ~14
National Conference on Consumer Prices
Content: 2007 Achievement Report, Super Case Presentation
12.18 2nd Consumer Forum and Project Discussion
Content: International Trends in Consumer Movements, Achievements of and Prospects for Korea's Consumer Movements

2008
02.26 18th Chairperson Kim Cheon-ju takes office.
05.13
  ~14
1st Working Level Training in 2008
Content: Special Course for Consumer Activists

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