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Contracts for supply of digital content to consumers [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Rafał Mańko (2nd edition),

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In November 2016 the co-rapporteurs delivered their draft report on the Commission’s proposal for a directive on contracts for supply of digital content. They propose to expand the directive’s scope to include digital content supplied against data that consumers provide passively, while also strengthening the position of consumers as regards criteria of conformity. Objective criteria would become the default rule, with a possibility to depart from them only if the consumer’s attention were explicitly drawn to the shortcomings of the digital content.

The Digital Content Directive was proposed as part of a legislative package, alongside the Online Sales Directive. The Council has favoured a fast-track for the digital content proposal, while seeking to reflect for longer on the proposed Online Sales Directive. Nonetheless, the Commission is keen not to dismantle the legislative package, and likewise the Parliament has been working on the two texts in parallel, seeking to coordinate amendments to the two proposals.


Proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on certain aspects concerning contracts for the supply of digital content
Committee responsible:




Shadow rapporteurs:












Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) and Legal Affairs (JURI) (jointly)

Evelyne Gebhardt (S&D, DE) and Axel Voss (EPP, DE).

Eva Maydell (EPP, BG)

Virginie Rozière (S&D, FR)

Daniel Dalton (ECR, UK)

Angel Dzhambazki (ECR, BG)

Jean-Marie Cavada (ALDE, FR)

Kaja Kallas (ALDE, ET)

Dennis de Jong (EUL/NGL, NL)

Jiří Maštálka (EUL/NGL, CZ)

Julia Reda (Greens/EFA, DE)

Laura Ferrara (EFDD, IT)

Marco Zullo (EFDD, IT


COM(2015) 634 from 9.12.2015

procedure ref.: 2016/0287(COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure


Next steps expected: Adoption of committee report



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