Collective Commentary about the New Package Travel Directive

The Transposition of the new Package Travel Directive in Portugal Carlos Torres 1 1. General considerations regarding the deadline and methodology of the process of transposing the New PackageTravel Directive in Portugal: The secrecy of the legislative process; 2. The Portuguese legislator’s questionable option of holding the retailers responsible for the performance of the package; 3. The very restrictive scope of the transposition: The establishment of the anachronistic exclusivity; 4. Parliamentary consideration of executive laws; 5. Main travel services: Rental of cars or other motor vehicles appearing on the same level as passenger transport or accommodation services – Increase the concept of significant proportion of the travel; 6. Intermediary: Yet another subterfuge to evade the application of the European Law; 7. Thomas Cook’s bankruptcy as a test of the New Directive: The different levels of consumer protection depending on the Member States; 8. The consequences of the bankruptcy of just one medium or large operator on the Portuguese market; 9. The unlawful exclusion of business travel: Numerous travel arrangements and not a simple plurality of arrangements; 10. The lesson from the Thomas Cook case: The German State predominantly provides for the costly protection of travellers; 11. Conclusions. 1. GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS REGARDING THE DEADLINE AND METHODOLOGY OF THE PROCESS OF TRANSPOSING THE NEW PACKAGE TRAVEL DIRECTIVE IN PORTUGAL: THE SECRECY OF THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS In Portugal, the transposition of Directive 2015/2302, of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2015, on package travel and linked travel arrangements (NPTD), was carried out by DecreeLawNo. 17/2018, 1 Estoril Higher Institute for Tourism and Hotel Studies.