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UK Plans to Introduce UKCA Symbol to Replace CE Marking in Case of a “No Deal” Brexit

14 Feb 2019

In case of a “no deal” Brexit, the UK government announced, on 2 February 2019, that it will introduce its own marking for conformity assessment, used to certify household products such as kettles or ...Read More


European Commission Publishes Regulation Imposing Definitive Safeguards on Imports of Certain Steel Products

8 Feb 2019

On 1 February 2019, the EU published Commission Implementing Regulation 2019/159 (“Regulation 2019/159” or the “Definitive Regulation”) by means of which it imposes safeguard measures on imports of ce...Read More


EU Member States Rule in Favour of Right to Repair

25 Jan 2019

Meetings that have been scheduled for later in January 2019 are expected to determine more hard-hitting ecodesign standards for dishwashers and washing machines. Last month, on 10 December, in the fra...Read More


Britain’s Future Hanging on a Thread

21 Jan 2019

On 15 January 2019, the British Parliament rejected the withdrawal agreement negotiated between Prime Minister Theresa May and her European counterparts with an overwhelming vote of 432 to 202. This i...Read More


European Commission Notifies WTO of Proposed Definitive Steel Safeguard Measures: Some Mainland Chinese Exports to Fall Within Their Scope

9 Jan 2019

The investigation was launched on 26 March 2018 as part of the EU’s response to the decision by the United States to impose tariffs on steel products (the so-called US Section 232 measures). It showed...Read More


EU Lawmakers Reach an Agreement over New Directive on Single-use Plastics

8 Jan 2019

Single-use plastic products are defined as those made wholly - or partly - of plastic and those which are typically intended to be used just once - or for a short period of time - before they are thro...Read More


New Regulation Will Restrict Phthalates in Consumer Goods EU-wide

3 Jan 2019

Annex XVII of the REACH Regulation, into which the core provisions of Commission Regulation 2018/2005 will be inserted, prohibits or restricts the manufacture, placing on the market and use of certain...Read More


European Commission’s Directorate General for Trade publishes Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List

27 Dec 2018

On 7 December 2018, the European Commission published the new Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List. The Watch List elaborates upon e-commerce and physical marketplaces outside the EU that have been repor...Read More


Parliamentary Committee Backs Regulatory Proposal Targeting Platforms and Online Search Engines

13 Dec 2018

The objective of the future P2B Regulation is to oblige online platforms to be transparent in their business practices. MEP and rapporteur (chief parliamentary negotiator) for the file, Christel Schal...Read More


New Information Requirements Concerning Nanomaterials Published

13 Dec 2018

Hong Kong manufacturers may know that nanomaterials are present in everyday consumer goods, such as clothing and shoes; cosmetic products including sun cream, deodorant and toothpaste; electronics and...Read More


Court of Justice Decides That UK Can Unilaterally Cancel Brexit, While Business Leaders Fear Supply-Chains Disruption Under Any Brexit Scenario

11 Dec 2018

A number of Members of the Scottish, UK and European Parliament had lodged a petition for judicial review to a UK court (in Scotland) to determine whether the notification under Article 50 (to leave t...Read More


Advocate General Delivers Formal Opinion: UK Can Unilaterally Cancel Its Withdrawal from EU

7 Dec 2018

On 4 December 2018, an Advocate General (Mr. Manuel Campos Sanchez-Bordona) at the Court of Justice of the EU issued his formal (non-binding) opinion that the UK would be able to unilaterally cancel i...Read More


Product-specific Laws Combatting Planned Obsolescence to be Debated over Coming Days

6 Dec 2018

On 29 November 2018, it came to light that the EU may be watering down proposed legal provisions regulating “built-in obsolescence” in certain products, namely, lighting, electronic displays (includin...Read More


European Parliament and Council Nearing End of Trilogue Negotiations for Directive on Single-Use Plastics

5 Dec 2018

The final wording of the proposed Directive on single-use plastics (SUP) is expected to be determined in an upcoming trilogue meeting between the EU Council and the European Parliament scheduled for 6...Read More


Spain Makes Recycling of Cartridges and Toners Mandatory

4 Dec 2018

The recycling of waste cartridges and toners has become mandatory in Spain, due to the expansion of the consideration of what is an ‘electric or electronic device’ in the framework of Spanish Royal De...Read More


EU Leaders Reach Consensus over “Divorce Deal” with UK

27 Nov 2018

While it was widely predicted that EU leaders would sign off on the withdrawal deal at Sunday’s summit, it apparently took merely 40 minutes for them to endorse the almost 600 pages of legal text (the...Read More


E-bikes from Mainland China Face Steep Duties of Up to 79.3%, But Escape Retroactive Imposition of Duties

23 Nov 2018

As a new development in the EU anti-dumping investigation on electric bicycles (“e-bikes”) from mainland China, it appears that the Commission sent its final disclosure document to the stakeholders an...Read More


EU Safeguard Investigation: Manufacturers from Top Steel Exporting Countries Including Mainland China Could Face Country-specific Quotas

21 Nov 2018

It was reported on 14 November 2018 that steel manufacturers from the biggest steel exporting countries to the EU could face country-specific limits on exports to the EU. The currently imposed provisi...Read More


EU Issues Fourth ‘Tax Haven Blacklist’ Update: Hong Kong Still in Process of Satisfying Final Good Governance Requirement

20 Nov 2018

This update concerns the fourth amendment to the December 2017 Council agreement reached by EU-28 Finance Ministers on the EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions (the ”tax haven blacklist”)....Read More


EU-UK Draft Withdrawal Agreement Wins UK Cabinet Support, But Brexit Struggle Far from Over

16 Nov 2018

The UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove, a well-known supporter of Brexit, is believed to be the only senior ‘leave’ supporting minister to have backed the draft deal. Eleven out of Mrs. May’s 29 ca...Read More

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