Common European Sales Law


A proposal for a Common European Sales Law regulation (CESL) introducing a ‘28th regime’ of law, covering business to consumer (b2c) contracts was adopted by the European Commission in October 2011. It consists of a set of rules to co-exist with national laws and “chosen” by the business as the legal basis for contracts. It would set aside the consumer specific regime of Private International Law (the Rome I Regulation) and circumvent the application of the relevant national, mandatory consumer protection provisions – even if they offer better protection for consumers. BEUC is not in favour of such an optional instrument as it is an inappropriate tool for regulating consumer contract law.