The Mortgage Credit Directive 2014/17/EU on credit agreements for consumers relating to residential immovable property was adopted on 4 February 2014. This Directive aims to create a Union-wide mortgage credit market with a high level of consumer protection. It applies to both secured credit and home loans. Member States will have to transpose its provisions into their national law by March 2016.
The main provisions include consumer information requirements, principle based rules and standards for the performance of services (e.g. conduct of business obligations, competence and knowledge requirements for staff), a consumer creditworthiness assessment obligation, provisions on early repayment, provisions on foreign currency loans, provisions on tying practices, some high-level principles (e.g. those covering financial education, property valuation and arrears and foreclosures) and a passport for credit intermediaries who meet the admission requirements in their home Member State.
- 04.02.2014 – Adoption of the Mortgage Credit Directive
- 10.12.2013 – The European Parliament adopts the Mortgage Credit Directive
The European Parliament confirmed its willingness to make the mortgage credit sector subject to heightened consumer protection measures at EU level by approving the new rules on mortgage credit lending.
- 31.03.2011 – Commission adoption of a proposal for a Directive on credit agreements relating to residential property
- Impact Assessment, SEC(2011)356
- National measures and practices to avoid foreclosure procedures for residential mortgage loans, SEC(2011)357
- Press release, IP/11/383
- Frequently asked questions, MEMO/11/205
- Citizens’ summary
Information about the Code of conduct on pre-contractual information for home loans, including a list of the mortgage lending institutions who have agreed to comply with it.
Study on the costs and benefits of different policy options for mortgage credit
|31.3.2011||Final report of the study|
|31.1.2009||Contract award notice, 2009/S 21-029009|
|19.7.2008||Call for tender, 2008/S 139-185318|
|12.7.2008||Contract award notice, 2008/S 134-178130|
|26.3.2008||Call for tender, 2008/S 59-079217|
Study on equity release schemes in the EU
|18.3.2009||Final report of the study|
Study on the role and regulation of non-credit institutions in EU mortgage market
The European Commission has published a study on the activities, regulation and supervision of mortgage lenders that are not defined as 'credit institutions' under EU law. The study, which is a follow-up to the White Paper on the Integration of EU Mortgage Credit Markets, will contribute to the Commission's assessment of whether further action in this area is needed at EU level.
|30.3.2009||Feedback on the comments received
Comments authorised for publication:
|2.12.2008||Final report of the study
Press release, IP/08/1855
Study on consumer testing of possible new format and content for the European Standardised Information Sheet (ESIS) on home loans
|October 2009||Final report of the study|
|27.12.2008||Contract award notice, 2008/S 251-335008|
|7.6.2008||Call for tender, 2008/S 110-146927|
Study on the costs and benefits of integration of EU mortgage markets
|13.9.2005||Press release, IP/05/1134|
|5.8.2005||Study on the costs and benefits of integration of EU mortgage markets
Midday Express, MEX/05/0805
The Government Expert Group on Mortgage Credit was established in early 2005 to advise the Commission on its policy on mortgage credit. It is composed of Member State representatives from all EU Member States, plus some EFTA countries. Representatives come from a range of bodies, including Ministries of Finance, Ministries of Justice, financial regulators, etc. Its main tasks are to assist the Commission in the definition and development of its mortgage credit policy.
On the Archives page more information on:
- Consultation & hearing on responsible lending and borrowing
- White Paper on the Integration of EU mortgage credit markets
- Green Paper on Mortgage credit in the EU
- Government Expert Group on Mortgage Credit (GEGMC)
- Mortgage Funding Expert Group (MFEG)
- Mortgage Industry and Consumer Dialogue (MICEG)
- Public hearing on mortgage credit
- Forum Group on Mortgage Credit