The Malta-EU Steering and Action Committee (MEUSAC) together with the Ministry for Tourism organised a consultation session on a Directive from the European Commission entitled ‘Package travel and assisted travel arrangements, amending Regulation (EC) No 2006/2004, Directive 2011/83/EU and repealing Council Directive 90/314/EEC'.
The proposed Directive will clarify and modernise the scope of travellers' protection when purchasing combinations of travel services for the same trip or holiday by bringing within its scope different forms of on-line packages and assisted travel arrangements. The Proposal will also ensure that travellers are better informed about the services they are buying and grant them clearer remedies if something goes wrong. At the same time, by reducing legal fragmentation and strengthening mutual recognition of insolvency protection, the Proposal will minimise obstacles to cross-border trade and reduce compliance costs for traders wishing to operate cross-border, and ensure a level playing-field in the travel market.
The consultation session was held on Monday, October 14, 2013 at Europe House in Valletta.