UK Government consults on consumer protection law overhaul

UK Government consults on consumer protection law overhaul: “The Government has asked businesses whether they back a set of consumer protection laws proposed by the European Commission. If the proposals become law then retailers across Europe will have to offer the same consumer rights.”

(Via OUT-LAW News.)

Consultation on the EU Proposal for a Consumer Rights Directive

Starting Date: 10-11-08

Closing Date: 02-02-09

On Wednesday 8 October the Commission published a proposal for a new Consumer Rights Directive. The Consumer Rights Directive would repeal four existing European consumer Directives; the Doorstep Selling Directive (85/577/EEC), the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Directive (93/13/EEC), the Distance Selling Directive (97/7/EC) and the Consumer Sales and Guarantees Directive (1999/44/EC); and replace them with a single horizontal Directive.

BERR published a consultation on the EU proposals on 10 November 2008.

The consultation will close on Monday 2 February. Please send responses to

Consultation Documents
* Consultation on EU proposals for a consumer rights directive
* EU consumer rights directive: distance and off-premises selling, and consumer remedies [impact assessments]