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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:
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Hotelstars Union: Baltic Countries joined

The Hotelstars Union which has harmonised hotel classification in several countries and which provides criteria for 1 to 5 Star Hotels has been joined by the three Baltic Countries Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Under the patronage of HOTREC – Hotels, Restaurants & Café in Europe already 10 countries are members of the Union

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ECJ: Definition of a Package / Directing professional activities (International Jurisdiction)

In Cases C-585/08 (Pammer vs Schlueter) and C-144/09 (Hotel Alpenhof vs Heller) [remark: not joint but decided together] ECJ had to decide whether a so called passive website of a Hotel respectively a travel agent meets the requirement of 'directing professional activities' to the (other) EU member state where the consumer has his habitual residence (according to Art 15 Nr 1 lit c Brussels I Regulation). The question arises with respect to international (exclusive) jurisdiction.

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ECJ: Definition of a Package / Directing professional activities (International Jurisdiction)

In Cases C-585/08 (Pammer vs Schlueter) and C-144/09 (Hotel Alpenhof vs Heller) [remark: not joint but decided together] ECJ had to decide whether a so called passive website of a Hotel respectively a travel agent meets the requirement of 'directing professional activities' to the (other) EU member state where the consumer has his habitual residence (according to Art 15 Nr 1 lit c Brussels I Regulation). The question is arises with respect to international (exclusive) jurisdiction.

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Air passengers' rights

Reference for a preliminary ruling before the ECJ (Case C-83/10 Rodríguez ea/Air France) from the Juzgado
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Evaluation of Regulation 261/2004/EC

The final report (110 pages) as of February 2010 made by Steer Davies Gleave / London for the European Commission DG Transport can be found and downloaded here:
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ECJ Joined Cases C‑402/07 and C‑432/07 (Sturgeon ea)

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German BGH: Airline bonus points

Germany Highest Court (BGH) ruled yesterday about the forfeiture of Airline bonus points (BGH 28.01.2010, Xa ZR 37/09):
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Prohibited items lists EU+USA

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New Commission, Hearings, etc

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