Monday, 17 March 2014

Protection for independent travellers

Last Wednesday, the European Parliament voted in favour of the European Commission's proposal on the revision of the Package Travel Directive, which new rules among others are supposed to broaden the scope of the Directive's application to cover also packages put together by consumers themselves. (Stree-free holidays for 120 million consumers...) The Parliament followed the proposal of the IMCO committee, which we have discussed in February (Travelling in style). It still remains to be seen what fate awaits the proposal since the Council has not given its position on the review yet (and the talks with the new Council will only begin upon elections). (MEPs vote to extend protection for package holiday travellers) Additionally, the changes proposed by the Parliament are more consumer-friendly than the Commission's version, which means that the travel industry may try to lobby more against it. 

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