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1 Alfredo Soler Valdés-Bango Doctor en Derecho. Abogado 19th IFTTA Conference Portugal 10-14th October 2007 Moral Damages in Spanish Travel Law By Alfredo Soler Valdés-Bango

2 Alfredo Soler Valdés-Bango Doctor en Derecho. Abogado Travel Law contract in Spain No precise legal framework until 1995 Directive 90/314/EEC on Package Travel (1992) Package Travel Act 21/1995, 6th July 1995 Regional Regulations and guidelines Contract conditions

3 Alfredo Soler Valdés-Bango Doctor en Derecho. Abogado International level Brussels Convention 1970 (23rd April) European Directive 90/314/EEC Some National Regulations Germany: Reisevertrag §§651a-m BGB (1979) France:Loi and Decret Italy: D.Leg. 17 th March1995 United Kingdom: Package Travel Regulations 1992 Portugal: Decreto-Lei nº 209/97

4 Alfredo Soler Valdés-Bango Doctor en Derecho. Abogado Moral damages in travel law contract European Directive 90/314/EEC Some European Systems: UK: Spoilt, Ruined, damaged holidays (Jarvis vs. Swan Tours Ltd. 1973) Germany: Nutzlos aufgewendeter Urlaubszeit (§ 651f BGB 1979) Italy: Danno da vacanza rovinata (D.leg. 1995, 17th March, art. 13,2º) Belgium (Package Travel and travel agency contract Act 1994, art. 19.4º) Holland (Package Travel Act 1992, art. 11)

5 Alfredo Soler Valdés-Bango Doctor en Derecho. Abogado Spanish Situation on Moral Damages Case law concept; Not in Código Civil (Civil Code) Package Travel Act 1995 does not contain a specific paragraph on moral damages Case Law: –Spanish High Court (Tribunal Supremo) No pronunciation on travel package contract Since end 80’s; Latest 14th July 2006 (suffering or mental distress) –Spanish Regional Courts (Audiencias Provinciales)

6 Alfredo Soler Valdés-Bango Doctor en Derecho. Abogado Case Law Honeymoon travel (SAP Castellón 23rd February 2007) Delayed Transport SAP Madrid, 17th May 2007 (including cancelation of a wedding ceremony) School/language holidays Loss of luggage (SAP Murcia, 26th April 2007) Business Travel/Normal travel (frustración expectativas) SAP Madrid 16th January 2007

7 Conditions Breach of contract Not every but a fundamental one (not a mere insatisfaction) (SAP Barcelona 5th April 2007) Extension of damages (Which) foreseeable Quantum of damages (How much) reasonable and limited by International Conventions and conventionally Alfredo Soler Valdés-Bango Doctor en Derecho. Abogado


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