RDO, alongside industry members, enforcement authorities and other interested parties, has been invited to respond to the UK Government’s consultation on the implementation of the EU Timeshare Directive.
The consultation on the proposed Timeshare, Holiday Products, Resale and Exchange Contracts Regulations 2010 is open until 1 October 2010 and will lead to new national legislation to comply with the EU Directive by the established deadline of 23 February 2011.
RDO’s Chairman, Richard McIntosh, says: “RDO is fully supportive of the Timeshare Directive and we hope that all governments will implement it in its entirety, as that will bring a much higher level of protection for consumers across Europe.”
“We welcome the consultation on the proposed implementation of the Directive in the UK, and will be talking to our members to provide a coordinated response from the industry that fully represents everybody’s views or concerns,” he adds.
Paul Gardner Bougaard, Chief Executive of RDO and head of FSOTA, the Fractional and Shared Ownership Trade Association, points out that fractional developers will also have to comply with the Directive. “In the past, fractional operations fell into what could be called ‘grey areas’ where they were outside the provisions of the law, but now the fractional product will fall within the definition of ‘Shared Leisure Real State’ contained in this new Directive”, he says.
Like the UK, other EU countries such as Finland, Germany and Holland have also recently issued draft proposals for new legislation, whereas France remains the only country to date to have already implemented the Directive. RDO remains confident that all EU countries will continue to work hard to meet the 2011 deadline.
The UK Government’s Consultation on Implementation of EU Directive 2008/122/EC can be found on the website of the Department for Business Innovation & Skills, www.bis.gov.uk.