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Consumer sale of goods [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Nikolina Šajn (5th edition, updated on 15.07.2019),

Contracts for online and other distance sales of goods

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The European Commission proposed a new directive on the consumer sale of goods in 2015, with the aim to lay down rules on online and other distance sales of goods. This was replaced on 31 October 2017 by an amended proposal, which sought to replace entirely the existing Consumer Sales Directive dating from 1999, and regulate contracts concluded both online and offline. The new directive was agreed in January 2019 after trilogue negotiations between Parliament and Council, and then adopted by the two institutions in March and April respectively. Signed in May 2019, it will allow Member States to decide on a legal guarantee of longer than two years and extend the period during which it is presumed that the goods were faulty from the start. It entered into force on 11 June 2019 and Member States have to apply it from 1 January 2022.


Amended proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on certain aspects concerning contracts for the sales of goods and amending Regulation  (EC)  No 2006/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council and Directive 2009/22/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and repealing Directive 1999/44/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council
Committee responsible: Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) COM(2015) 635 of 9.12.2015,
COM(2017) 637, 31.10.2017.
Rapporteur: Pascal Arimont (EPP, Belgium) 2015/0288(COD)
Shadow rapporteurs: 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)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Procedure completed.
Directive (EU) 2019/771
OJ L 136, 22.5.2019, pp. 28–50



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