Stephan Keiler's picture

EU Directive on Consumer Rights

The EP Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) has adopted last week the Draft Directive on Consumer Rights (including some exceptions regarding packages under the PTD) with lots of amendments on the basis of the Draft adopted by Council on January 24. Now a Working Document providing a informal consolidated version has been published:

John Downes's picture

Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008

The law governing false or misleading statements which may be made in respect of travel arrangements, holidays, accommodation, facilities, prices etc. in the UK was long contained in the Trade Descriptions Act 1968 and the Consumer Protection Act 1987 Most of the provisions of these two Acts have now bee replaced by these  Regulations which represent the biggest change in consumer law in the UK in 40 years

Michael Wukoschitz's picture

European Union: consultation on collective consumer redress

The main purpose is to identify common legal principles on collective redress. The consultation should help examine how such common principles could fit into the EU legal system and into the legal orders of the 27 EU Member States.

To read the consultation document, click here.

Michael Wukoschitz's picture

Ukraine: new tourism tax

From 01 January 2011 local councils in the Ukraine may introduce a tourism tax which according to the Tax Code of Ukraine applies to citizens of Ukraine, foreigners as well as stateless persons who temporarily stay in their territory.

Stephan Keiler's picture

EU Consumer Rights Directive

European Parlament's Internal Market Committee (IMCO) agreed (22 pro, 16 against, 1 abstention) on a amended proposal (COM [2008] 614 final) for a new Consumer Rights Directive including fully-harmonised information rules and delivery deadlines. 1600 amendments had been taken into account. All documents related can be found here Source: EP Press Release:
Michael Wukoschitz's picture

European Union: consultation on ADR

Within a consultation process on the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) as a means to resolve disputes related to commercial transactions and practices in the EU, the European Commisson has invited all citizens and organisations to contribute. The purpose is to consult on the difficulties identified in relation to ADR and the ways to improve the use of ADR in the EU.

Michael Wukoschitz's picture

Spain: new smoking ban took effect on Jan. 2, 2011

The law tightens anti-smoking restrictions introduced in 2006. While the 2006 anti-smoking law prohibited smoking in the workplace, the new law also bans smoking in enclosed public spaces, which includes office buildings, bars, restaurants, hotel lobbies, casinos, clubs, open-decked tourist buses and airports. However, smoking remains permitted in open-air stadiums, hotel rooms set aside for smokers and at the beaches.

The law will make Spain a tougher place to smoke than other EU countries where bars and restaurants are still allowed to have smoking sections.

Michael Wukoschitz's picture

USA: White House eases Cuba travel restrictions

The Obama administration last Friday eased restrictions on travel to Cuba. The changes allow Americans to travel to Cuba by academic, religious and cultural groups and also allow charter flights from more American airports. Moreover, the new measures permit Americans to send money to Cuban citizens. However, the embargo against the communist government will remain.

Source: The New York Times; find article here>>.

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US Passport Application to Change in February

The State Department has announced that it will roll out new US passport applications in February.  According to the State Department website, these new passport forms will be available beginning February 1, 2011. Before February 1, submit your passport application using the current form .  The new forms should be used for all applications submitted on or after February 1. Travel.State.Gov and all passport facilities will make the new forms available on February 1, 2011.

Michael Wukoschitz's picture

USA: DOT sets deadline for proper online disclosure of codeshared flights

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Aviation Enforcement Office provided guidance to airlines and ticket agents about the requirement for notifying passengers if a flight they are selling is being operated under a code-sharing arrangement.