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Contracts for online and other distance sales of goods [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Rafał Mańko (1st edition),

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In December 2015, the Commission proposed a directive on contracts for online and other distance sales of goods (online sale of goods directive). This would partly replace the existing Consumer Sales Directive with regard to distance sales (both online and offline). Unlike the Consumer Sales Directive, the proposed online sale of goods directive would provide for maximum (total) harmonisation, thereby prohibiting Member States from introducing a higher level of consumer protection within the scope of the directive.

The proposed online sale of goods directive is part of the Digital Single Market Strategy, and comes alongside several other proposed legal instruments, notably the digital content supply directive [2015/0287(COD)] and the portability of digital content directive. Although, legally speaking, the proposal is new, in political terms it aims to replace the 2011 proposal for a Common European Sales Law, in line with the commitment made by the Juncker Commission in December 2015.


Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on certain aspects concerning contracts for the online and other distance sales of goods
Committee responsible:


Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO)

(not yet appointed)

COM(2015) 635 of 9.12.2015

procedure ref.: 2015/0288(COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure

Next steps expected: Initial discussions in committee

Stage: Commission proposal



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