Commercial Agents Directive
In the European Union, IUCAB is registered in the European Commission’s Register of Interest Representatives and it has successfully influenced a major legislative harmonisation project resulting in a Directive of the European Council in 1986 on independent commercial agents. As a result, working with commercial agents under the laws of one of the EU Member States is fairly regulated by a unique and specific set of legal rules.
On 16th July 2015 the EU Commission published a report about the evaluation of the Commercial Agents Directive with the following conclusion: The Directive fulfills its goals outstandingly. The benefits of the Directive exceed the costs. The Directive is relevant and will also be important in the EU in the future. The Commission responsible for the evaluation therefore recommends maintaining the Directive in its present form. This is very good news for 590.000 commercial agencies on the B2B level in Europe, that represent 1,7 million manufacturers, of which 88% are small and medium enterprises.