On 8 October 2008, the European Commission (Commission) presented its proposals for EU-wide consumer rights with the aim of strengthening consumer protection. The proposed directive will consolidate, update and elaborate upon four existing directives (concerning unfair contract terms, sales and guarantees, distance selling and doorstep selling) into one set of rules. The directive aims to provide a common framework for contracts for sales of goods and services from businesses to consumers, including in-store purchasing, purchasing from retail trade outlets as well as distance (mail-order and internet) shopping. The framework directive will impose common rules on pre-contractual information, rules on delivery of goods and when risk passes to consumers, cooling-off periods and remedies for faulty products. It will also introduce new rules applicable to on-line auctions (e.g. e-bay) and “pressure selling”. The draft consumer rights directive will now go before the European Parliament and Council for consideration, debate and adoption.