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									                                   Public Consultation
on the European Commission’s proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and
of the Council on the protection of consumers in respect of certain aspects of timeshare,
                    long term holiday products, resale and exchange.

The Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Employment, Mr. Micheál Martin, T.D., would like to draw
attention to the European Commission’s proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament
and of the Council on the protection of consumers in respect of certain aspects of timeshare,
long term holiday products, resale and exchange. The Minister wishes to encourage the Irish
public to participate in this very important debate on consumer issues.

This proposed Directive will replace Timeshare directive 94/47/EC transposed by S.I No.
204/1997 – European communities (Contracts for Time Sharing of Immovable property –
Protection of Purchasers) regulations 1997 as amended by S.I. No. 144/2000 European
Communities (Contracts for Time Sharing of Immovable property – Protection of Purchasers)
(Amendment) Regulations 2000. The new proposal will replace the old Directive with a modern,
simplified and coherent framework covering timeshare and long-term holiday products, as well
as exchange and resale. The proposal will extend the scope of current rules to cover:
    Shorter term contracts – contracts of less than three years will now be covered.
    Moveable property – the rules will cover contracts for timeshare on property such as
        canal boats, caravans or cruise ships.
    Long-term holiday products – these include holiday discount clubs, where consumers
        pay for instance 3,000 euro to get a password to a website, where they are promised
        "huge discounts" which are often misleading, on holiday accommodation, flights and
        rental cars.
    Resale of timeshare products – many timeshare owners are approached by commercial
        agents who ask for a fee in return for selling their timeshare.
    Exchange of timeshare products – some timeshare owners pay an additional fee to join
        an exchange club, where they can swap their week in e.g. the Canaries for a week in the
        Alps. Additional information requirements should ensure they get a realistic picture of the
        offer and they do not end up being disappointed.
The lack of regulation of long-term holiday products, resale and exchange schemes means that they are
not covered by rules on cooling-off periods, deposits and consumer information. Consequently, consumers
who sign up under pressure have little scope to change their mind. The new proposal will enhance
consumer rights in the market for timeshare and long-term holiday products, and create a level
playing field for the sellers of these products.
The Minister welcomes any comments put forward which will assist the Department on this very
important issues. If you wish you can post your comments to the address below or email
conspol@entemp.ie by 31 August 2007.

A copy of the Consultation Paper and the Impact Assessment is available on the Department of
Enterprise, Trade and Employment website via the following link:
http://www.entemp.ie/commerce/consumer/issues.htm

or from the postal address below on request.

Timeshare Directive
Competition and Consumer Policy Section
Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment
Earlsfort Centre
Lower Hatch St., Dublin 2

								
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