EU group-claims proposal faces delays as lawmakers fail to agree

11 October 2018 12:48pm
A proposal to create an EU-wide framework for group damages claims faces an uphill struggle if it is to be concluded before European Parliament elections next year, after deep divides emerged between lawmakers regarding its purpose and scope.

Speaking to EU lawmakers today, the European Commission’s Maria-Blanca Rodriguez Galindo said: “We have to take time and to make things right,” though the EU executive still hopes to get the bill adopted before the elections in May 2019.

A report from the assembly’s Committee on Legal Affairs, which will take the lead in establishing the position that EU lawmakers take on the proposal, has been delayed by several weeks as it seeks to reconcile substantial differences between the parliament’s different political groups, as well as between national governments.

By Michael Acton.