Parliament committee fails to agree on new EU warranties for the sale of goods

BEUC NEWS - 25.01.2018

The European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) failed to agree to a proposal to update legal guarantee rights for the sale of tangible goods both online or offline in the EU.

 

The JURI opinion would have fed into the Parliament’s position on the file, but disappointingly now leaves the Internal Market Committee (IMCO) alone in examining the proposal by the Commission.

The sticking points proved to be the limits which the Commission is proposing to impose on all Member States when it comes to the length of the legal guarantee period, the choices given to consumers (remedies) in case a product is defective, and the question of hidden defects. On these points, the disagreement between political groups showed that fully harmonising standards across Europe should only happen if consumer rights are strengthened, not weakened.

BEUC reiterates its call to the IMCO committee and MEP Pascal Arimont from Belgium, who leads the file, that reducing consumer protections in some countries is not the way forward. Instead, all countries should be drawn upwards in terms of consumer protection. BEUC also calls for products to have a legal guarantee period which is oriented towards the product’s lifespan, and for the consumer to be able to choose what happens when a product is faulty, for example to terminate the contract. BEUC also calls for the reversal of the burden of proof period to be extended to two years.