Towards the end of 2008, the Commission’s years of preparatory work culminated in its issuing a Green Paper on Consumer Collective redress. The deadline for responses is 1 March 2009. The Bar is responding. See: http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/redress_cons/greenpaper_en.pdf
There is a clear overlap with aspects of the work flowing from the Commission’s April 2008 White Paper on damages in antitrust cases. Despite the push from the EP to advance the two together, the Commission may yet issue a proposal on collective redress limited to the antitrust field in the first half of this year.