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Commercial agents

”Commercial agents“ are self-employed intermediaries authorised on a permanent basis to negotiate the sale or purchase of goods for and on behalf of another person.

Commercial agents have common rights and obligations throughout the EU, in particular with regard to contracts and commissions.

25.07.2014 – Public consultation on the Evaluation of the Commercial Agents Directive (86/653/EEC)
This consultation will evaluate the functioning of the Commercial Agents Directive 86/653/EEC. It will assess whether the Directive remains fit-for-purpose in terms of effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, consistency and EU added value. The purpose of the consultation is to get more in-depth information, including from stakeholders representing commercial agents, principals or consumers. The responses to the consultation will be taken into account in assessing the future relevance of the Directive. The consultation closes on 31.10.2014.
23.07.1996
Report COM(1996)364 (Directive 86/653/EEC) – Report on the application of Article 17 of Directive 86/653/EEC on the co-ordination of the laws of the Member States relating to self-employed commercial agents
18.12.1986
Directive 86/653/EEC on the coordination of the laws of the Member States relating to self-employed commercial agents