Thursday 17 October 2019

Ireland pursued over EU travel law failure

Commissioner Věra Jourová
Commissioner Věra Jourová
Gavin McLoughlin

Gavin McLoughlin

Ireland is being taken to the European Court of Justice for failing to implement EU rules on package travel.

The European Commission said it had sent Ireland a warning letter last March, but that it still has not been notified that the rules have been brought in.

For that reason, it said, it was referring Ireland to the European Court. It is looking to have the court enforce a financial penalty of as much as €1.1m.

"The EU package travel directive brings great benefits for consumers and businesses alike," said EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Věra Jourová.

"The rules are adapted to the digital age and the new ways of booking holidays. Travellers also benefit from new rights and are well protected in case the operator goes bankrupt.

"The new rules make it easier for travel businesses to offer their services cross-border. We urge Ireland to transpose the directive as promptly as possible to avoid unnecessary fines."

The rules include provisions requiring clear information on price and additional charges, cancellation rights and refunds in case a package holiday organiser goes bankrupt.

A Department of Transport spokesperson said it was working with government lawyers to bring the rules into force.

"This work has been delayed somewhat due to the need to prioritise Brexit legislation in recent weeks," the spokesperson said.

"However, it is very close to completion and it is expected that it will be signed into law in the coming days."

Irish Independent

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