Extracts from the press conference by Viviane Reding on the modernisation of travel rules for consumers and businesses
Type: Summary of press conference
Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 9 July 2013, Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, gave a press conference to present the modernisation of the EU rules on package holidays, at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium.
Thanks to the EU rules on package travel, consumers are protected when booking pre-arranged package holidays, such as combinations of flights, hotels, or car rentals.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, to the press conference on the modernisation of travel rules for consumers and businesses, at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium
||Viviane Reding before the beginning of the press conference
||Soundbite by Viviane Reding (in ENGLISH): This is about the Commission boosting consumers rights. I know everybody has holidays on mind and the summer is finally there and millions of Europeans are about to leave for a well earned break and this is the right moment when we come out in order to say that we are going to enhance the protection you already enjoy as consumers when you are travelling.
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||Soundbite by Viviane Reding (in ENGLISH): First, for the consumer, we further boost protection, clear information. The consumer is told exactly what kind of product he can buy with what kind of protection.Second, when there are price surcharges, because for instance there are fuel increases, those cannot be more than 10%, but when there are price reductions because fuel becomes cheaper, those reductions also have to be passed on to the consumers.
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||Soundbite by Viviane Reding (in ENGLISH): For businesses also these new rules will be important because we scrap the outdated information requirement, for instance, reprinting the brochures, that is an estimated saving of 390 million Euros per year. And, second, we are removing internal market barriers; national insolvency protection will be recognised cross border and, third, we are excluding business travel from these rules so that it is very clear that it is only for individuals, leisure travels and holiday travellers that these rules apply.
||General view of the audience