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21-22 January 2016: ELI Conference on “New Rules for Contracts in the Digital Single Market” Vienna

Nearly 100 top legal experts from Europe and beyond gathered in Vienna to discuss the three legislative proposals that the European Commission introduced under its Digital Single Market strategy on 9 December 2015. The Conference, organized by the European Law Institute (ELI) and the University of Vienna, provided the legal European legal profession with the first opportunity to discuss and consider the substantial impact that these new Digital Single Market instruments.

On 9 December 2015, the European Commission published three legislative proposals under its Digital Single Market strategy: 

  • the Proposal for a Directive on certain aspects concerning contracts for the supply of digital content, COM(2015) 634 final;
  • the Proposal for a Directive on certain aspects concerning contracts for the online and other distance sale of goods, COM(2015) 635 final; and
  • the Proposal for a Regulation on ensuring the cross-border portability of online content services in the internal market, COM(2015) 627 final.

 

These instruments represent the first material steps towards a modern contract law regime for digital content and online sales across the EU. In order to discuss and consider the substantial changes that these new Digital Single Market instruments are likely to have, the European Law Institute convened a Conference in Vienna on 21-22 January 2016. The Conference is titled: “New Rules for Contracts in the Digital Single Market – What’s in it for Consumers and Businesses in Europe?”

The event took place at Palais Trautson, which houses the offices of the Austrian Ministry of Justice. The Conference included presentations by esteemed experts considering some important aspects of the new Digital Single Market instruments.

The Commission´s initiative is closely connected with the earlier attempts to introduce a Common European Sales Law and the ELI has been actively following the efforts every step of the way, ever since 2011. The ELI Working Group prepared a statement in May 2015, outlining how a common sales law could be integrated in the Digital Single Market and has provided critical and constructive review on certain aspects of the proposed instruments. Věra Jourová, the EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, has already noted these efforts as a particularly valuable contribution towards a sound and robust contract law regime in this important field. This Conference clearly demonstrates the ELI´s determination and commitment to continue to stay at the forefront of these developments.

On the morning of 21 January, the Digital Law Special Interest Group (SIG) had its second working meeting. The SIG’s are comprised of members of the European Law Institute that have specialized in specific fields of law. Although membership of the SIG’s is reserved for ELI members, all participants of the Conference were welcomed and encouraged to attend.  More information can be found in the invitation letter from the coordinators of the SIG.