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 Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on a Common European Sales Law (COM(2011) 635)

I. Description

The overall objective of the proposal is to improve the establishment and the functioning of the internal market by facilitating the expansion of cross-border trade for business and crossborder purchases for consumers. This objective can be achieved by making available a selfstanding uniform set of contract law rules including provisions to protect consumers, the Common European Sales Law, which is to be considered as a second contract law regime within the national law of each Member State.


Traders should be able to apply the Common European Sales Law in all their cross-border dealings within the European Union instead of having to adapt to different national contract laws, provided that the other party to the contract agrees. It should cover the full life cycle of a contract and thus comprise most of the areas which are relevant when concluding crossborder contracts. As a result, the need for traders to find out about the national laws of other Member States would be limited to only some, much less important, matters which are not covered by the Common European Sales Law. In business-to-consumer transactions there would be no further need to identify the mandatory consumer protection provisions in the consumer's law, since the Common European Sales Law would contain fully harmonised consumer protection rules providing for a high standard of protection throughout the whole of the European Union. In cross-border transactions between traders, negotiations about the applicable law could run more smoothly, as the contracting parties would have the opportunity to agree on the use of the Common European Sales Law – equally accessible to both of them – to govern their contractual relationship.

As a direct consequence, traders could save on the additional contract law related transaction costs and could operate in a less complex legal environment for cross-border trade on the basis of a single set of rules across the European Union. Thus, traders would be able to take better advantage of the internal market by expanding their trade across borders and, consequently, competition in the internal market would increase. Consumers would benefit from better access to offers from across the European Union at lower prices and would face fewer refusals of sales. They would also enjoy more certainty about their rights when shopping cross-border on the basis of a single set of mandatory rules which offer a high level of consumer protection.

II. General Information

Title

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on a Common European Sales Law (COM(2011) 635)

Status
Proposal
Regulation
Proposal
Character
Regular Act
Legal Basis
Art. 114 AEUV
Legislative Procedure
Codecision procedure

III. Versions and Legislative History

1. Legislative History

Datum
Typ / Titel
Textfassungen
Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee
ABL C/2012/181 p. 75
11/30/2011
Report of the committee on legal affairs
Bt.-Drs. 17/8000
10/11/2011
Proposal
COM(2011) 635 final

2. Comments

Datum
Stellungnahme
Textfassungen
02/14/2012
Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e.V. (BDI)
Comment on: Kommissionsvorschlag
02/01/2012
Deutscher Richterbund (DRB)
Comment on: Kommissionsvorschlag
01/26/2012
Bundesrechtsanwaltskammer (brak)
Comment on: Kommissionsvorschlag
01/19/2012
Bundesverband Direktvertrieb Deutschland e.V. (BDD)
Comment on: Kommissionsvorschlag
01/13/2012
Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband e.V. (vzbv)
Comment on: Kommissionsvorschlag
12/08/2011
Universität Bonn (Prof. Dr. Wulf-Henning Roth, LL.M. (Harvard))
Comment on: Kommissionsvorschlag
12/07/2011
Deutscher Notarverein (dnotv)
Comment on: Kommissionsvorschlag
11/18/2011
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn (Prof. Dr. Gerhar Wagner, LL.M.)
Comment on: Kommissionsvorschlag
11/18/2011
Hochschule Wismar (Prof. Dr. Marina Tamm)
Comment on: Kommissionsvorschlag
11/17/2011
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Reiner Schulze)
Comment on: Kommissionsvorschlag
11/17/2011
Zentralverband des Deutschen Handwerks (ZDH)
Comment on: Kommissionsvorschlag
11/17/2011
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Prof. Dr. Hans Christoph Grigoleit)
Comment on: Kommissionsvorschlag
11/16/2011
Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V. (VDMA)
Comment on: Kommissionsvorschlag
11/16/2011
Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband e.V. (vzbv)
Comment on: Kommissionsvorschlag
11/16/2011
Bundesnotarkammer (Dr. Peter Huttenlocher)
Comment on: Kommissionsvorschlag

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I. Description
II. General Information
III. Versions and Legislative History
1. Legislative History
2. Comments