The Bundesrat

Proposal for a DIRECTIVE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL amending Council Directive 93/13/EEC of 5 April 1993, Directive 98/6/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, Directive 2005/29/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and Directive 2011/83/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards better enforcement and modernisation of EU consumer protection rules

Scrutiny details

Subsidiarity deadline: 10/07/2018
Scrutiny Information

Scrutiny date: 06/07/2018

Subsidiarity Concern:

No Important information to exchange

No Veto

Information on parliamentary scrutiny

Referred to Committees on:

European Union Questions

Agricultural Policy and Consumer Protection
Legal Affairs

Economic Affairs

Lisbon Treaty procedures
  Political Dialogue

06/07/2018 | Scrutiny results - COM20180185

The Bundesrat expressly supports the Commission’s aim to rearrange the legal framework and strengthen the economic interests of consumers by amending four existing Directives. A harmonization of the legal framework for cross-border infringements on consumer rights is generally reasonable. The acquis’ revision on consumer protection must not, however, lead to a lowering of the consumer protection level. Gaps and inconsistencies currently exist  and should be dealt with, e.g. with respect to “free” services, for which consumers pay by rendering their personal data instead of transferring money.  Further, the Bundesrat expressly supports the aim to equate consumer rights in the face of digital services like cloud storage services, social media or email accounts, when rendering personal data. The Bundesrat then makes a number of very specific suggestions for amendments of the proposal.

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