Council Directive 90/314/EEC: Package Travel

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Brussels, 26.07.2007

WORKING DOCUMENT on the Council Directive 90/314/EEC of 13 June 1990 on package travel, package holidays and package tours

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TABLE OF CONTENTS I. II. III. IV. 1. 1.1 1.2 1.3 2. 2.1 3. 4. 5. 5.1 6. 7. 8. Introduction .................................................................................................................. 3 The main provisions of the Directive........................................................................... 4 Main regulatory issues at stake .................................................................................... 5 Questions for public consultation ................................................................................ 6 Definitions (Article 2) .................................................................................................. 6 Scope of the Directive ("Package").............................................................................. 6 "Organiser" and "Retailer" ........................................................................................... 7 "Consumer" .................................................................................................................. 7 Pre-contractual information requirements (Article 3).................................................. 8 Information given in the brochure (Article 3.2)........................................................... 8 Information requirements and variation in price (Article 4.1-4.4)............................... 9 Withdrawal from the contract by the consumer and right to compensation, notably in case of cancellation (Article 4.5-4.6) ......................................................................... 10 Liability of organisers (Article 5) .............................................................................. 11 Joint liability .............................................................................................................. 11 Consumer complaints (Article 6) ............................................................................... 11 Security for Insolvency (Article 7) ............................................................................ 12 Other issues ................................................................................................................ 12

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INTRODUCTION

The aim of this document is to set out the main regulatory problems posed by the regulation of package travel and consult industry stakeholders, consumers' organisations and Member States on issues related to the Directive. The consultation takes into account the findings set out in the report on the implementation of the Directive1, the opinions of the European Parliament2 and the Council3, and the views of a number of stakeholders. The Commission is also going to present a proposal for a Regulation on the rights of international bus and coach passengers that would cover the issue of liability of bus and coach undertakings. Its adoption by the Commission is scheduled for October 2007. Another proposal for a Regulation on the rights of passengers with reduced mobility in the maritime sector may be adopted by the Commission in autumn. Furthermore, beyond the passenger rights foreseen in various regulations, there is an on-going revision of the "third air package"4, which foresees new obligations in terms of information on the price and non-discrimination on the basis of the residence or the nationality. The questions raised in this document focus on specific issues relating to package travel, including cruises. Issues which cut across the acquis, such as definitions, are not dealt with in this document unless they concern aspects particular to package travel. Cross cutting issues are dealt with in the consultation launched in the Green Paper on the Review of the Consumer Acquis5 ("The Green Paper") which closed on 15 May 2007. This consultation does not address issues regulated separately, such as passengers'...
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