Parliament adopts report on Common European Sales Law

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The European Parliament has adopted, in plenary session, the report on the proposal for a regulation on a Common European Sales Law by MEPs Klaus-Heiner Lehne (EPP, Germany) and Luigi Berlinguer (S&D, Italy) by a large majority (with 416 votes for, 159 against and 65 abstentions).

The text approved by the MEPs restricts the scope of the optional instrument on sales law to distance contracts and, in particular, online contracts. During the discussion prior to the vote, Commissioner Reding said she was ready to follow the European Parliament’s approach, providing it was shared by the Council of the EU.

Mr André Michielsens, President of the Council of the Notariats of the European Union declared, “Parliament’s vote is an important step n the right direction. We are particularly satisfied that the scope of the future optional instrument is limited to distance and online contracts.

That is where there is a real need for businesses and consumers and the new regulation will bring the necessary legal guarantees. The Notaries of Europe therefore call upon the Council to adopt the text quickly before the end of its legislature.

The report is available at the following address: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&reference=A7-2013-0301&language=EN&mode=XML