The European Court of Auditors is conducting an audit of public participation in EU law-making. In particular, they will examine the public consultations with stakeholders undertaken by the European Commission when preparing its legislative proposals. The auditors have today published a Background Paper, “Consulting the public when preparing EU law”, as a source of information for those interested in the subject.
An online consultation will allow the event community to indicate their preferences for the sessions proposed, from 16 to 27 April.
On 21 November 2017, the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Committee (IMCO) and Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) adopted their joint report on the European Commission’s proposal for a directive regulating the private-law aspects of contracts for the supply of digital content and digital services in the internal market. The Council of the EU agreed on a general approach in June 2017. Trilogue meetings began on 5 December 2017 and are still on-going. The main changes proposed by the joint report of the two Parliament committees are concerned with the duration of legal guarantees for digital content and services, liability for hidden defects and the short-term right to reject defective digital content. An issue which is still being discussed is the relationship between the directive and EU public law rules on the protection of personal data.