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On December 10, 2020, the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV) published a ministerial draft bill on the implementation of the directive on the sale of goods (Directive (EU) 2019/771) (“Sales of Goods Directive”). The Sales of Goods Directive supersedes and succeeds the directive on the sale of consumer goods (Directive 1999/44/EC), which has been implemented into the German Civil Code (Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch; “BGB”) since January 1, 2002.
On November 3, the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection published two draft bills for the implementation of certain aspects of the Directive on digital content and services (Directive (EU) 2019/770) and the Directive on better enforcement and modernisation of consumer protection rules (Directive (EU) 2019/2161). The Directive on digital content and services must be transposed by the German legislator into national law by July 1, 2021, which in turn must be applied beginning January 1, 2022. The Directive on better enforcement and modernisation of consumer protection rules must be transposed into national law by November 8, 2021, which in turn must be applied beginning May 28, 2022. If adopted, the draft bills will amend the German Civil Code, inter alia, supplementing the requirements for distance selling contracts, introducing new rules for consumer contracts about digital content and services, and providing for new information obligations for online market places as well as amend the Introductory Act of the German Civil Code by introducing a new administrative fine for violations of certain consumer protection law obligations.
On July 29, 2014 the law on combating late payment in commercial transactions came into force. It serves to implement the Directive 2011/7/EU of the European Parliament and the Council of February 16, 2011. The aim of the Directive is to develop a legal and economic environment encouraging prompt payment…