The idea behind the proposal for a Common European Sales Law is to facilitate cross-border trade by opening up new opportunities for business and consumers while guaranteeing a high level of consumer protection. In view of the importance of this proposal, it has been decided to hold an interparliamentary committee meeting at the European Parliament in Brussels on 27 November. In this way, members of national Parliaments will be able to join MEPs in questioning experts and debating different aspects of the proposal.
The meeting will be opened by Vice-President Viviane Reding, Justice Commissioner, a representative of the Cyprus Presidency and Diana Wallis, former Vice-President of the European Parliament.
In order to provide a solid foundation for the the debate, the meeting will be addressed by academics, members of the national and European judiciary and legal practitioners together with representatives of the business world and consumers. Topics to be addressed include the context of the proposed Regulation, its interaction with the existing legal framework, its scope and drafting as well as main substantive elements and flanking measures.
The debate is intended to assist the two co-rapporteurs in the Legal Affairs Committee, Luigi Berlinguer and Klaus-Heiner Lehne, with their work in the further stages of the legislative procedure with a view to ensuring the success of the instrument.