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New EU legislation on “Sales of Goods”

Sale of livestock is covered by the “Sales of Goods Directive” which has been implemented by the European Union and which can potentially make life as a horse breeder easier

The new EU directive can have a positive impact for many horse breeders.
d. 24-05-2019 - 12:55

The European Union is introducing new rules to make it easier and safer for consumers to buy and for companies to sell both goods and digital content cross-border.

The Council has adopted a package comprising a directive* on contracts for the supply of digital content and services (Digital content directive), and a directive on contracts for the sales of goods (Sales of goods directive). This formal adoption marks the end of the legislative procedure.

The objective is to provide a high level of protection and legal certainty for European consumers, particularly when buying across borders, as well as to make it easier for businesses to sell EU-wide.

The "Digital content directive" concerns the supply of digital content, whereas the "Sales of goods directive" concerns all sales of goods, whether that happens physically (in shops), online or in any distance sale. The sale of living animals is covered by this directive.

Both directives are based on the principle of maximum harmonisation, which means member states cannot deviate from the requirements. However, on some aspects, some room is foreseen for EU countries to exclude certain areas. Contracts for the sale of living animals is one of the aspects that member states may exclude from the scope of the new directive.

President of the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses, Jan Pedersen, finds great satisfaction in learning about the new directive: – It is a great step forward that we now get the opportunity to amend the very uncompromising rules that have caused many breeders financial worries and strains when having sold a horse to a private person. These rules have only obstructed development in the horse sector, so I am happy to receive the news about the new directive, says Jan Pedersen.


*The complete name of the newly implemented EU directive is “Directive (EU) 2019/771 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 May 2019 on certain aspects concerning contracts for the sale of goods”