The European Commission published a proposal in 2018 for a Directive on representative actions for the protection of the collective interests of consumers and for the repeal of the Injunctions Directive 2009/22/EC. The purpose of the Directive is to contribute to the proper functioning of the internal market by achieving a high level of consumer protection through the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of Member States concerning representative actions. To this end, the Directive aims to improve consumers access to justice. The EU co-legislators reached a political agreement on the draft Directive on 22 June 2020, however it will still have to be formally approved by the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament before it becomes EU law.
When the draft Directive becomes EU law, Member States will have 24 months within which to transpose it into their domestic legislative framework. The issue of how a qualified entity will be enabled to seek injunction and redress measures in the course of a representative action will be addressed by my Department during the transposition period.