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Package travel and assisted travel arrangements

09-11-2015 - 14:45
MEP Birgit Collin-Langen (8th legislature)

On 12.03.2014 the EP adopted its 1st reading position on the Commission's proposal for a directive on package travel and assisted travel arrangements. The Report on the file was adopted in IMCO on 11.02.15. A political agreement on a common text was reached with the Council on 05.05.2015. The revision of the 1990 directive appeared to be necessary following the development of online sales and the liberalisation in the airline sector which changed the way the consumers organise their holidays.

The objective of the revision was to enhance the functioning of the Internal Market and achieve a high level of consumer protection through the approximation of rules on packages and other combinations of travel services.

MEPs decided to exempt packages from occasional organisers and packages with a duration of less than 24 hours and without accommodation (national legislation).

The possibilities for alteration of the price of a package will be limited; if the price increases by more than 8%, the traveller should be able to terminate the contract and be reimbursed, or be offered an equivalent package. The buyer should get a refund for any price reduction over 3%. If "unavoidable"/"unforeseeable" circumstances make it impossible for the traveller to return home on time, the organiser will have to arrange accommodation for him.

Rapporteur: Birgit Collin-Langen (EPP)

Shadows: S. Cofferati (S&D), A. Van Bossuyt (ECR), D. Charanzová (ALDE), I. Soltes (Greens), D. de Jong (GUE), - (EFDD)

Timetable

    Timetable

Plenary

    1st reading position of the EP adopted on 12 March 2014

Committee

    Report
    Compromise amendments
    Amendments
    Draft report

European Commission documents

    COM(2013)0512: package travel and assisted travel arrangements
    COM(2013)0513: Bringing the EU package travel rules into the digital age
    Impact Assessment
    Impact Assessment executive summary

Research and studies

    Initial appraisal of the European Commission Impact Assessment
    Library briefing 'Towards a Reform of EU law on Package Travel'

Press

    background: Parliament wants to extend "package" holiday traveller protection
    MEPs vote to extend protection for package holiday travellers
    Package travel: MEPs vote to beef up consumer rights
    EC FAQ: Commission proposes to improve consumer rights for 120 million holiday makers
    Commission acts to improve consumer rights for 120 million holiday makers