As part of efforts to improve cross-border trade, the new Consumer Rights Directive was passed by the European Parliament. The new Directive includes a number of changes, including a requirement for traders to provide more detailed information about their prices, goods and contact details, a requirement for traders to give online shoppers two weeks to change their mind about purchases, and a ban on credit card surcharges as well as pre-ticked boxes on e-commerce websites. Member States’ ministers are expected to formally approve the Directive in September 2011, and the Directive will be published in the EU’s official journal in the autumn.

Click here for more information and a summary of the main changes, and here for the European Parliament’s page on the Directive.