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Oct. 1999

Substantive civil law

The European Council of Tampere concluded to request the European Commission to examine the necessity to harmonise legislation in the area of substantive civil law.

July 2001

Communication on contract law

Communicationpdf Choose translations of the previous link  that aimed at gathering information on whether there was a need for EU action in the area of contract law.

Feb. 2003

Action Plan on European contract law

The Commission's Action Planpdf Choose translations of the previous link  presented the conclusions drawn from the first round of consultation on European contract law.

Oct. 2004

Follow-up to the 2003 Action Plan

Commission's follow-up to the 2003 Action Planpdf Choose translations of the previous link  . This o utlined how the Common Frame of Reference be developed. The main aim to improve the coherence of the existing and future acquis.

Sept. 2005

First progress report on the Common Frame of Reference

First progress report pdf български (bg)czech (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)Français (fr)Gaeilge (ga)italiano (it)latviešu (lv)lietuvių (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv) on the Common Frame of Reference. The CFR would provide clear definitions of legal terms, fundamental principles and coherent modern rules of contract law to be used when revising existing and preparing new sectoral European legislation where such a need was identified.

July 2007

Second progress report on the Common Frame of Reference

Second progress report pdf български (bg)czech (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)Français (fr)Gaeilge (ga)italiano (it)latviešu (lv)lietuvių (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv) on the Common Frame of Reference (CFR). The Commission explained the reprioritisation of the preparation work on consumer contract law issues and reported on the substantive issues which arose during the CFR workshops.

1 July 2010

Progress towards a European contract law for consumers and businesses

Green Paper pdf български (bg)czech (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)Français (fr)Gaeilge (ga)italiano (it)latviešu (lv)lietuvių (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv) on policy options for progress towards a European Contract law for consumers and businesses. In this document the Commission set out a number of options on how to make progress in the area of European contract law with a view to strengthening the internal market, and launched a public consultation on them.

3 May 2011

Publication of the Expert Group's Feasibility Study

On 3 May 2011 the Expert Group's feasibility study  Choose translations of the previous link was published and interested parties were invited to give feedback by 1 July 2011.

11 October 2011

Commission proposal on a Common European Sales Law

On 11 October 2011 the Commission adopted a proposal for a Regulation on a Common European Sales Law български (bg)czech (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)Français (fr)Gaeilge (ga)italiano (it)latviešu (lv)lietuvių (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv). The proposal is intended to facilitate cross-border trade for businesses and cross-border purchases for consumers by establishing a self-standing uniform set of contract law rules including provisions to protect consumers.