The European Commission opened yesterday a public consultation with regard to the consumer safety when using tourism accommodation. While it is up to the Member States to assure the safety of tourism accommodation services, the European Commission recognizes that due to the often cross-border character of these services some quality and safety measures' standardisation could be needed. Even if as the result of the consultation it is decided that the measures used in different Member States do not need to be harmonised despite their variety, it may be necessary to ensure better information provision to tourists, so that they know what safety standards to expect in which countries and that their protection is adequate across Europe. The consultation is open until 30 November 2014 and the questionnaire may be filled by anyone interested in this matter on this website. The Green Paper is available here. We will report on the results of this consultation and any further steps taken in this legislative area next year.