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Public consultations

Title
Green Paper from the Commission on policy options for progress towards a European Contract Law for consumers and businesses
Policy field(s)
Justice; Civil and contract law
Target group(s)
We welcome contributions from all citizens and stakeholders, Member States, EU institutions, national, regional and local authorities, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations, academia, social partners and civil society organisations.
Period of consultation
From 01.07.2010 to 31.01.2011
Objective of the consultation

The internal market is built on a multitude of contracts governed by different national contract laws. Yet, differences between national contract laws may entail additional transaction costs and legal uncertainty for businesses and lead to a lack of consumer confidence in the internal market. Divergences in contract law rules may require businesses to adapt their contractual terms. Furthermore, diverging national laws are rarely available in other European languages, which imply that market actors need to take advice from a lawyer who knows the laws of the legal system.

The Commission wants citizens to take full advantage of the internal market. The Union must do more to ease cross-border transactions. The purpose of this Green Paper is to set out the options on how to strengthen the internal market by making progress in the area of European Contract Law, and launch a public consultation on them. Depending on the evaluation of the results of the consultation, the Commission could propose further action by 2012.

How to submit your contribution
We welcome contributions from citizens, organisations and public authorities.
  • If you are answering this consultation as a citizen, please click here to submit your contribution.
  • If you are answering this consultation on behalf of an organisation, please click here to submit your contribution.
  • If you are answering this consultation on behalf of a public authority, please click here to submit your contribution.

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Green Paper from the Commission on policy options for progress towards a European Contract Law for consumers and businesses български Castellano Čeština Dansk Deutsch English Eesti keel Elliniká Français Italiano Lietuviµ kalba Latviešu valoda Magyar Malti Nederlands Polski Português română Slovenčina Slovenščina Suomi Svenska PDF File [274 KB]
Reference documents and other, related consultations
Contact details
Responsible service : Directorate General JUSTICE, Unit A2 Civil and contract law
E-mail : jls-communication-e5@ec.europa.eu
Postal address :
European Commission
Directorate General JUSTICE
Unit A2 Civil and contract law
Rue de la Loi 200
B-1049, Brussels
Belgium
Number of responses received to this consultation
319
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Results of consultation and next steps