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Official Guidelines Published on Interpretation and Application of EU Law on Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts

21 Oct 2019

The European Commission has published its Guidance Notice on the interpretation and application of Council Directive 93/13/EEC on unfair terms in consumer contracts (“the UCTD”) which aims to protect ...Read More

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European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen to Push for Ambitious Carbon Border Tax

21 Oct 2019

As recently reported, future European Commissioners have expressed an interest for putting into place a “carbon border tax”, which is understood to be among their top policy priorities. Hong Kong trad...Read More

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UK to Grant 88% of Imports Tariff-free in Case of No-deal Exit

17 Oct 2019

On 8 October 2019, the UK Treasury and Department for International Trade – as part of the UK’s no-deal preparations – published an update to the UK’s temporary tariff regime that is intended to be pu...Read More

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Phil Hogan Obtains Parliamentary Committee Approval as EU Trade Commissioner After Presenting Robust Views

10 Oct 2019

On 30 September 2019, following a parliamentary vetting process held in the Trade Committee of the European Parliament, Phil Hogan obtained preliminary approval to become the EU’s new Trade Commission...Read More

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Brexit: PM Johnson Unveils New Proposals in Attempt to Secure Deal and Break Deadlock with EU

8 Oct 2019

On 2 October 2019, Prime Minister Boris Johnson put forward new (in his words) “constructive and reasonable proposals which provide a compromise for both sides” in an attempt to break the long-running...Read More

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Brexit: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Prorogation of Parliament Found Unlawful by Supreme Court

26 Sept 2019

In a landmark judgement, the UK Supreme Court has ruled on 24 September 2019 that the decision to prorogue (suspend) the UK Parliament was unlawful, throwing the departure of the UK from the EU into d...Read More

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Brexit: Regulatory Challenges Faced by UK and EU-27 Companies in the Field of Chemicals Law

24 Sept 2019

Should the UK leave the EU by the currently foreseen deadline of 31 October 2019 without a withdrawal agreement in place, the EU’s laws will stop applying to UK-based establishments. This will be the ...Read More

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Brexit: EU Commission Publishes Preparedness Notice in the Field of Cosmetics

13 Sept 2019

The EU and Member States are preparing for Brexit and encourage stakeholders to do so as well. The European Commission recently published a preparedness notice for the cosmetics industry laying out th...Read More

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As Boris Johnson Suffers Sixth Parliamentary Defeat in Record Time, UK Parliament Is Suspended

11 Sept 2019

It will come as no surprise to Hong Kong readers that the UK’s MPs have once more rejected Boris Johnson's attempts for a snap election to be held before the end of October 2019. On 9 September 2019, ...Read More

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Snap Election Sought by UK Prime Minister After UK Parliament Votes to Avert No-deal Brexit

5 Sept 2019

Faced with the suspension of the UK parliament for five weeks in the months of September and October, British MPs voted on 3 September to take control of the parliamentary timetable. This paves the wa...Read More

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Businesses Involved in Trade of Consumer Goods with EU Face Important Legal Repercussions Ahead of a No-deal Brexit

30 Aug 2019

In light of the approaching withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, Hong Kong traders might be concerned by the existing lack of agreement between the EU and the UK over the conseque...Read More

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UK Parliament to Be Suspended in Shocking Move Engendered by UK Prime Minister

29 Aug 2019

In a shocking but not wholly unexpected twist to the raging Brexit saga, the UK government has made arrangements on 28 August 2019 for the suspension of the UK’s parliament for five weeks. This period...Read More

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UK Prime Minister Pushes European Council President to Ditch Irish Backstop; EU Cold Shoulders Request

22 Aug 2019

On 19 August 2019, the UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote to the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, seeking to ditch the so-called Irish border backstop from the by now infamous Brex...Read More

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Spanish Clothing Giant Commits to Environmentally Sustainable Fibres, As Textiles are Prioritised for the Circular Economy

9 Aug 2019

Spanish retail giant Inditex, best known for its brand Zara which accounts for 70% of the group’s sales, recently announced concrete initiatives within the framework of its commitment to ethical and s...Read More

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Germany Examines Challenges of E-commerce with Regard to Environment and Consumer Protection

7 Aug 2019

Earlier this summer, the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection and the Federal Ministry for the Environment jointly organised a conference in Berlin to discuss the challenges and ...Read More

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New Commission President Vows to Put Environment First: Carbon Tariffs on Imports a Likelihood

1 Aug 2019

On 16 July 2019, Ursula von der Leyen was elected as the first female president of the European Commission. She won the support of 383 members of the European Parliament, by promising a European ‘Gree...Read More

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EU’s E-commerce Regulations Need Improvement in Relation to VAT and Customs Duties Claims EU Body

1 Aug 2019

In a Special Report published in July, the European Court of Auditors has examined the EU’s new rules on e-commerce which are scheduled to enter into force by 2021. The report raises various issues an...Read More

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Controversial French Tax to Be Imposed on Tech Giants; France Faces US Retaliation

30 July 2019

On 24 July 2019, France’s President Macron signed into law a 3 percent tax on large tech companies' local revenues. The law was published in the country’s official gazette on 25 July. Tech giants will...Read More

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Data Protection Compliance During EU Trade Defence Investigations

24 July 2019

This report offers guidelines and contains practical examples for securing compliance with data protection rules in the framework of trade defence investigations conducted in the European Union. It ma...Read More

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Vietnam Signs “Milestone” Trade and Investment Agreements with EU, Upping Pressure on Competition from Other Asian Countries

8 July 2019

On 30 June 2019, the EU and Vietnam signed two long-awaited agreements which provide for a significant liberalisation in trade and facilitation of investments between the two trading partners. The amb...Read More

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