The Permanent Representatives Committee of the Council of the European Union has agreed on the Council’s position on a draft directive which amends four existing EU directives protecting consumers' interests.
The Permanent Representatives Committee of the Council of the European Union has agreed on the Council’s position on a draft directive which amends four existing EU directives protecting consumers' interests and which will have an impact on the supply of digital services in Europe.
The draft Directive covers a wide range of topics. It amends the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive 2005/29/EC (UCPD), the Consumer Rights Directive 2011/83/EU (CRD), the Unfair Contract Terms Directive 93/13/EEC (UCTD) and the Price Indication Directive 98/6/EC (PID). It was proposed as part of the European Commission’s 'New Deal for Consumers'.
The Directive aims to provide for more transparency for consumers in online marketplaces. It requires online marketplaces to clearly inform consumers about: (a) the main parameters determining ranking of the different offers, (b) whether the contract is concluded with a trader or an individual, (c) whether consumer protection legislation applies and (d) which trader (third party supplier or online marketplace) is responsible for ensuring consumer rights related to the contract (such as cancellation rights or guarantees).
In addition, the Directive requires:
The Directive also includes provisions on:
The Romanian Presidency of the Council will now explore with the European Parliament the possibility of agreeing to adopt the Directive at first reading.