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

Written by Rafał Mańko (2nd edition),

Contracts for online and other distance sales of goods

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The Commission proposal for a directive on contracts for online and other distance sales of goods, part of the digital single market strategy, would partly replace the existing Consumer Sales Directive. The Parliament’s rapporteur believes this would create a fragmented legal framework, and that there is a need to introduce uniform rules for both online and face-to-face consumer sales. Unlike the existing Consumer Sales Directive, the proposed Online Sale of Goods Directive would provide for maximum harmonisation, thereby prohibiting Member States from introducing a higher level of consumer protection within the scope of the directive. The rapporteur agrees with this approach and suggests moving to maximum harmonisation for both online and offline consumer sales.



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:


Shadow rapporteurs:








Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO)

Pascal Arimont (EPP, Belgium)

Lucy Anderson (S&D, United Kingdom)

Anneleen van Bossuyt (ECR, Belgium)

Kaja Kallas (ALDE, Estonia)

Dennis De Jong (GUE/NGL, the Netherlands)

Pascal Durand (Greens/EFA, France)

Marco Zullo (EFDD, Italy)

Mylène Troszczynski (ENF, France)

COM(2015) 635 of 9.12.2015


Ordinary legislative procedure (COD)

(Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)

Next steps expected: Adoption of committee report



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