EU: Council agrees on draft directive on consumer representative actions
The Council of the European Union ('the Council') announced, on 28 November 2019, that it had reached an agreement on the Proposal for a Directive on Representative Actions for the Protection of the Collective Interests of Consumers, and Repealing Directive 2009/22/EC ('the Draft Directive'). In particular, the Council outlined that the Draft Directive aims to put in place a system on representative actions for the protection of collective interests of consumers against infringements of EU law in all Member States. Moreover, the Draft Directive shall apply to representative actions brought against traders for infringements of provisions of EU law, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) ('GDPR') and the Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications (2002/58/EC) (as amended).
Furthermore, the Council announced that it will start negotiations with the European Parliament in order to reach an agreement for an adoption of the Draft Directive at its second reading.