I don't want to go too much off topic but at 1.1.2002 the following EU member states have implemented this EU Directive: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany The Netherlands, Norway, Italy and Sweden. The others have done that after this date or are implementing that directive by now.
Uk has done it on with the Sale and Supply of Goods to Consumers Regulation Act 2002, valid from 31 March 2003, and I want to add that UK's time limit to make a warranty for initial defect product is still regulated by a previous law which states the time limit is of 6 years.
That's of course what law says. And it's only waiting for a lawyer windsurfer failure :-)
In general speaking if the things can go ok without laws and lawyers but only with good sense and efficient work by the two parts it's always better.