The Minister of Justice has launched a public consultation on the preliminary draft of the civil liability reform project, which will be accessible until 31  July 2016 on the Ministry of Justice's website.

The draft's objective is to clarify the law relating to civil liability.  In particular, it seeks to integrate certain elements of case law into the Civil Code.

While maintaining the general principle of fault-based liability, the draft proposes a number of new measures including creating a civil penalty aimed at combatting "lucrative faults", in which the benefit resulting from the tort is higher than the damages the tortfeasor will be subject to. The draft was also meant to propose measures relating to compensation for losses resulting from environmental damage, but these have not so far been enumerated.

Click here for the text of the draft law.