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European Commission seeks contract law solutions to smooth Single Market for consumers and businesses

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To address legal and administrative barriers in cross-border sales, the European Commission issued a strategic policy paper presenting several options for a more coherent approach to contract law. Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner, said, "I want a Polish, German or Spanish consumer to feel as safe when doing business with an Italian, Finnish or French company online as when they are at home. And I want Europe's small and medium-sized companies to offer their products and services to consumers in other countries without having to become experts in the national contract law systems of all other 26 EU countries."