Czech Chamber of Deputies

Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on Union guidelines for the development of the Trans-European Transport Network

Scrutiny details

Subsidiarity deadline: 01/02/2012
Scrutiny Information

Scrutiny date: 19/01/2012

  This proposal is subject to subsidiarity check.

  Important information to exchange

No Veto

Information on parliamentary scrutiny

The government submitted EU document 15429/11 to the Chamber of Deputies on 10/17/2011.

Committee for European Affairs decided on 11/16/2011 by resolution No. 151 to discuss the document and appointed the member Ms. Ivana Weberová as rapporteur.

Committee for European Affairs at its 24th meeting on 1/12/2012 by resolution No. 178

1. appreciates the efforts of the European Commission to create better conditions for the functioning of the internal market and improving European sales law;

2. however thinks, that the present version does not respect views of member states as in
a European contract law for consumers and businesses COM (2010) 348 final as of July 2010 that adressed similar issues contained in the Green Paper. Hence there is a preference of a less radical solution in the form of auxiliary measures, or rather recommending character;

3. does not considered appropriate the European contract law in terms of current needs to extensively follow the path of unification. The submitted version, which consists of an introduction of an optional instrument of Common European Sales Law, is considered problematic, both in terms of the legal basis in EU primary law and in terms of compliance with the principle of subsidiarity;

4. believes that behind the reasons of less intensive involvement of consumers and small and medium enterprises in cross-border transactions are not only differences between national legal arrangements, but also largely practical reasons (such as inadequate knowledge of foreign language, consumers often do not know their rights, preferences of local stores and local goods etc.);

5. believes that the adoption of the regulation could lead to even greater confusion with regard to the complex rules for consumers. This context also points out that similar aim of protection of customers in all member states is followed by recently adopted directive on consumer rights that introduces specific tools;

6. asks government to inform the Committee about further course of discussion of the Proposal for a Regulation on the Common European Sales Law

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