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The Working Group for the ELI Project ‘From CESL to the Digital Single Market’ met in London

The ELI Post-CESL Digital Single Market Working Group met on 6-7 January 2016 in London. The meeting was organised in connection with the European Commission’s publication of legislative Proposals under its Digital Single Market strategy. These are a Proposal for a Directive on certain aspects concerning contracts for the online and other distance sale of goods and a Proposal for a Directive on certain aspects concerning contracts for the supply of digital content.

During the meeting in London, the members of the Working Group focused on four questions relating to the Commission’s Proposals. The participants analysed whether the scope of the two Proposals is sufficient and if not, in which ways is it deficient? They scrutinised whether there should be two Proposals, or if they should be merged into a single Proposal as well as which method of regulation fits this field best – Regulation, Directive or another type of instument? Finally, the participants assessed the substantive content of the Proposals.

The meeting aimed at determining the approach that the Working Party should take concerning the developments in the regulatory environment of the Digital Single Market and the European Commission’s actions in this regard.