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.
Communication on contract law
Communication [235 KB] that aimed at gathering information on whether there was a need for EU action in the area of contract law.
Action Plan on European contract law
The Commission's Action Plan [287 KB] presented the conclusions drawn from the first round of consultation on European contract law.
Follow-up to the 2003 Action Plan
Commission's follow-up to the 2003 Action Plan [63 KB] . Thisoutlined how the Common Frame of Reference wouldbe developed. The main aim was to improve the coherence of the existing and future acquis.
First progress report on the Common Frame of Reference
First progress report [162 KB] 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.
Second progress report on the Common Frame of Reference
Second progress report [186 KB] 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 [65 KB] 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 thewas 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. 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.