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The Commission is reviewing the eight key directives that make up the ‘Consumer Acquis’.
The review is intended to simplify and modernise consumer laws, achieve better regulation and increase consumers’ confidence in the single market.
The eight directives that make up the Consumer Acquis are:
• Doorstep selling 85/577/EEC
• Package Travel 90/314/EEC
• Unfair Contract Terms 93/13/EEC
• Timeshare 94/47/EC
• Distance Selling 97/7/EC
• Unit Prices 98/6/EC
• Injunctions 98/27/EC
• Sale of Goods and Associated Guarantees 99/44/EC
The EU Commission published a Green Paper setting out various options for reform of the Directives and suggesting areas that could be revised with a view to creating an improved framework for consumer protection and simplifying consumers’ rights and responsibilities when they shop across the EU.
The Green Paper, accompanying documents and further information can be found by clicking here. The DTI encouraged all interested individuals and groups to respond to the consultation by 15 May 2007, sending a reply to the EU Commission (email: SANCO-B2@ec.europa.eu), and copying their response to the DTI (email: email@example.com).
The UK's Government response to the Green Paper can be found by clicking the related documents link on the right.
Please contact Guy Horsington on 020 7215 6621 if you have any queries about the Review of the Consumer Acquis.