Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (1045)

Robert Troy


1045. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the status of each of the recent EU consumer rights directives and regulations that will have to be transposed here; the status of the preparations of her Department in this regard; and the timeframe for the transpositions of such directives and regulations. [34633/19]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

Directive (EU) 2019/770 on certain aspects concerning contracts for the supply of digital content and digital services and Directive (EU) 2019/771 on certain aspects concerning contracts for the sale of goods were published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 22 May 2019.  Legislative measures to give effect to the Directives will have to be enacted by 1 July 2021 and to be applied from 1 January 2022.  In March 2019, the European Council and Parliament reached agreement on the proposal for a Directive amending Directive 93/13/EEC on unfair terms in consumer contracts, Directive 98/6/EC on the indication of the prices of products offered to consumers, Directive 2005/29/EC on unfair business-to-consumer commercial practices and Directive 2011/83/EU on consumer rights.  This proposal is expected to be formally adopted in the near future and is likely to require transposition before the end of 2021.

I propose to give effect to all of these Directives in an amended version of the Scheme of the Consumer Rights Bill issued for public consultation by my Department in May 2015.  Work on their transposition has commenced and I hope to be able to issue a revised Scheme of the Consumer Rights Bill for consultation later this year.