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Resale right

Directive 2001/84/EC – 19.07.2001

The objective of the Directive on the resale right for the benefit of the author of an original work of art (2001/84/EC) is to provide creators with an adequate and standard level of protection and eliminate the distortion in the conditions for competition currently existing within the single market for contemporary art. The Directive will give artists the benefit of this right, regardless of where in the Union their works are sold. In addition, it will give the Commission a basis on which to promote the international recognition of resale rights.

Further developments

Key principles and recommendations on the management of the Author Resale Right – 17.02.2014

On 17 February 2014 representatives of collecting management organisations, authors and art market professionals (art dealers, galleries, auctioneers) signed up to “Key Principles and Recommendations on the management of the Author Resale Right”, under the auspices of Commissioner Barnier. This document is the result of the stakeholder dialogue proposed by the Commission in its Report of 2011 (see below).

Report on the implementation and effects of the Resale Right Directive (2001/84/EC) – 14.12.2011

The European Commission has adopted a report on the implementation and effect of Directive 2001/84/EC, as provided for by Article 11 of that Directive. The Commission proposes to establish a Stakeholder Dialogue, tasked with making recommendations for the improvement of the system of resale right collection and distribution in the EU; and to undertake a further reporting exercise with a view to delivering results in 2014.

Consultation on the implementation and effect of the Resale Right Directive – 07.01.2011

The Commission Services are preparing a report on the implementation and effect of the Resale Right Directive (2001/84/EC), as provided for in Article 11 of that Directive. In order to prepare this report, the Commission Services are seeking evidence-based information and views from interested parties. The deadline for contributions was 11 March 2011.