The European Commercial Law Observatory (ECLO)

European Contract Law and Common European Sales Law materials

European Commission proposal

  • European Commission Press Release dated 11 October 2011 titled European Commission proposes an optional Common European Sales Law to boost trade and expand consumer choice.
  • European Commission Memo dated 11 October 2011 titled An optional Common European Sales Law: Frequently asked questions.
  • European Commission Communication dated 11 October 2011 titled A Common European Sales Law to facilitate cross-border transactions in the Single Market.
  • Proposal for a Regulation on a Common European Sales Law dated 11 October 2011.
  • Executive Summary of the Impact Assessment accompanying the proposal.
    • Discussions in the European Parliament

      • European Commission Memo 20 February 2013 welcoming the draft report from the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) dated 18 February 2013 on the optional Common European Sales Law.
      • European Parliament Workshops on the proposal: Interparliamentary Committee Meeting on "The proposal for a Common European Sales Law: taking stock after a year" 27 November 2012; Common European Sales Law (CESL): Restitution and Prescription 10 July 2012; Common European Sales Law (CESL): Remedies 19 June 2012; and The proposal for a Common European Sales Law: Unfair contract terms 31 May 2012.
        • Discussions in Council 

          • Opinion of the Legal Service 26 October 2012 on relationship with Regulation 593/2008 of 17 June 2008 on the law applicable to contractual obligations ("Rome I" Regulation).
          • Orientation debate / certain issues from Presidency to the Council 1 June 2012 and Council Press Release 7 and 8 June 2012 on the debate in brief.
          • Proposal for a Regulation on a Common European Sales Law - Report from the Presidency on the state of play dated 12 December 2011.
            • Background 

              • European Parliament Resolution of 8 June 2011 on policy options for progress towards a European Contract Law for consumers and businesses.
              • European Commission Press Release dated 3 May 2011 titled Cross-border transactions: European Commission publishes expert group's feasibility study on European contract law.
              • A European contract law for consumers and businesses: Publication of the results of the feasibility study carried out by the Expert Group on European contract law for stakeholders' and legal practitioners' Feedback.
              • European Commission Press Release dated 1 July 2010 titled European Commission seeks contract law solutions to smooth Single Market for consumers and businesses.
              • European Commission Consultation Green Paper on policy options for progress towards a European Contract Law for consumers and businesses 1 July 2010 and responses.
              • Consolidated version of the Conclusions of the Council on the setting up of a Common Frame of Reference for European contract law dated 21 October 2009.
              • Principles, Definitions and Model Rules of European Private Law Draft Common Frame of Reference (DCFR) 2009.

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