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Consumers (20-07-2006)

DG SANCO holds workshop to gather views on Timeshare

The Health and Consumer Protection Directorate-General (DG SANCO) held on 19 July a full-day stakeholder workshop on the revision of the Timeshare Directive (94/47/EC). The meeting followed the launch of a 9-week public consultation on the Directive on 1 June, which aims to identify gaps in the legislation’s scope.
 
The purpose of the workshop in Brussels was to collect key stakeholders’ and Member States’ views on the current state of play in the market for timeshare and other long-term holiday products, with a view to identifying regulatory needs, and improving market outcomes for consumers and businesses.
 
The workshop provided a forum for Member States, industry, consumer associations, academics and the European Parliament to exchange views on issues including new ‘timeshare-like’ products and travel discount clubs on the market, the ‘cooling-off’ period and the scope for any future extension of the legislation.
 
The Commission will take the results of the workshop and consultation into account when examining any potential extension of the legislation.
 
The deadline for submissions to the consultation on Revision of the Timeshare Directive has been extended to 15 August.
 
The consultation can be found here:
http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/cons_int/safe_shop/timeshare/consultation_paper010606_en.doc
 
Further information:
http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/cons_int/safe_shop/timeshare/index_en.htm