On 9 January 2020, the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament (the EP) decided to open interinstitutional negotiations with representatives of the Council of the European Union (the Council of the EU) and of the European Commission in order to reach a compromise on the conclusion of a Directive repealing Directive 2009/22/EC as regards representative actions for the protection of the collective interests of consumers (the Directive Proposal). As discussed before (here and here), the Directive Proposal aims to facilitate redress for consumers if there are widespread infringements of their rights in more than one EU Member State.
The Directive Proposal was initially approved in first reading by the EP in March 2019. On 28 November 2019, the Council also agreed on a general approach as regards to the Directive Proposal.
Following the decision of the Legal Affairs Committee of the EP’s, the EU institutions will now cooperate with a view to reconcile their positions in order to adopt the Directive Proposal without having to enter into a second reading process.