January 27
Anjum Shabbir
29th November 2019
Consumer, Health & Environment

Making headway towards EU consumer collective action law

Yesterday there was some headway on the Commission’s proposal for a directive on collective consumer actions, with the Council of the EU taking a formal position on the proposal.

This development comes in the large and still-looming shadow of Dieselgate (where the latest news is that a Dutch organisation is starting a European legal action against Volkswagen in every Member State it can) and the Facebook action brought by Max Schrems (the CJEU ruled he could not bring a collective action).

The Council has added certain changes to those of the EP – such as, inter alia, adding references to other EU legislation (e-communications code, product safety, medical devices), and a distinction between cross-border and purely internal collective actions. The text will continue to be negotiated over the course of next year, taken up first by Croatia’s rotating Council Presidency from January to June 2020.

See here for the press release.


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