Collective Commentary about the New Package Travel Directive

The implementation of the Package Travel Directive in Sweden Jonas Thyberg Attorney at Law The Implementation Process; The Package Travel Act; The Travel Guarantees Act; Conclusion. THE IMPLEMENTATION PROCESS The new Package Travel Directive 1 (the Directive) was adopted on November 25, 2015 and published in the EUOJ on December 11, 2015. The Directive should be implemented by the Member States by January 1, 2018 at the latest and the national legislations should enter into force as from July 1, 2018. Since it is a full harmonization directive it does not leave much room for the Member States when it comes to implementing the provisions. The implementation process in Sweden was initiated in December 2016, when a working group was appointed by the Government. The assignment for the working group was to carefully analyse the Directive and assess what changes in the existing legislation were necessary in order for Sweden to comply with the Directive. The working group consisted of representatives from the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation. Furthermore, representatives from authorities concerned, as well as two representatives from the trade were appointed. The working group presented its proposal in August 2017. After a consultation procedure, the final proposals were adopted by the Swedish Parliament on 13 June 2018. The Directive has 1 Directive (EU) 2015/2302 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2015 on package travel and linked travel arrangements, amending Regulation (EC) No 2006/2004 and Directive 2011/83/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council and repealing Council Directive 90/314/EEC.