Yesterday, a large majority of the European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) voted in favour of its rapporteurs' report on the proposal for a Common European Sales Law (CESL). Furthermore, the committee negotiators received a mandate to start negotiations with the Council.
The CESL is meant to facilitate cross-border trade in the EU by providing businesses and consumers with a set of contract law rules they may choose to apply to their sales agreements. JURI is backing the adoption of such an optional instrument for distance contracts, in particular those concluded online. Its amendments to the proposed CESL have been inspired by the European Law Institute's suggestions (on which we reported earlier, 'ELI on CESL').