Developers Alliance expresses its disappointment that the Council has rushed to set out its position on a piece of legislation with a huge impact on European software development.
June 14, 2023 – Today, the EU Member states’ ambassadors have approved the general approach on the legislative proposal for a Directive on liability for defective products.
- Member States are endorsing a disproportionate strict liability regime for software, disregarding its specificities.
- The proposal needs further work to establish appropriate no-fault-based liability for software and digitally-enabled products.
- The European Parliament should continue efforts to improve the text, ensuring a balanced scope and adequate procedural safeguards. Evaluation of existing consumer protection laws is recommended.
A recent study by the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE) shows that the proposed changes would bring a systemic legal risk to the EU’s manufacturers of technology products, software developers, and services providers specializing in the development and commercialization of digitally provided services.
The following quote can be attributed to Karina Stan, Director of EU Policy:
“The superficial approach of the co-legislators on the revision of the Product Liability Directive will inevitably have a significant negative impact on the cost and availability of software in the EU. Unfortunately, the Council chose such an approach. We’ll continue to provide our input and urge the European Parliament to carefully consider the economic impact of an excessively strict liability regime.”
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