Unfair Contract Terms in Business-to-Consumer Contracts in the Proposed Common European Sales Law : BEUC's Viewpoint

15-05-2012

This note presents the perspective of consumer organisation across the EU on the proposed regulation on a Common European Sales Law and its rules on unfair contract terms. It identifies the problematic impact on individual consumers and on the future development of the EU consumer law acquis. It indicates general and specific issues in relation to the introduction of an optional regime on unfair contract terms that should be taken into account by the EU legislators and proposes alternative means for promoting cross border shopping in the EU.

This note presents the perspective of consumer organisation across the EU on the proposed regulation on a Common European Sales Law and its rules on unfair contract terms. It identifies the problematic impact on individual consumers and on the future development of the EU consumer law acquis. It indicates general and specific issues in relation to the introduction of an optional regime on unfair contract terms that should be taken into account by the EU legislators and proposes alternative means for promoting cross border shopping in the EU.

External author

Ursula Pachl and Agustín Reyna (BEUC, The European Consumer Organisation)