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Brexit’s Implications for Data Protection in 8 Questions

24 Jan 2020

The UK is set to leave the EU on 31 January 2020. As the EU and the UK prepare for Brexit, Hong Kong companies with commercial interests in both jurisdictions should too. Brexit continues to raise man...Read More

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Phil Hogan Sets Out Trade Priorities for the Recently Elected European Commission

21 Jan 2020

Earlier this month, Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan visited Paris to hold discussions with the French authorities on the new European Commission’s trade priorities. The topics addressed by the new EU Tr...Read More

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Brexit Set to Occur End-January, While EU and UK Lay Foundations for Trade Talks

14 Jan 2020

On 9 January 2020, British MPs gave their final backing to the Withdrawal Agreement Bill ensuring that the UK will leave the EU on schedule by 31 January 2020. This will lead to the eleven-month trans...Read More

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Dutch Government Advocates EU Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct

30 Dec 2019

Late last month, the Dutch minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Sigrid Kaag, called on the new European Commission to take the initiative to develop an EU Action Plan on responsible...Read More

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Brexit: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Well on Path to Breaking Brexit Deadlock

20 Dec 2019

On 12 December 2019, Prime Minister Boris Johnson returned to Downing Street after winning a large majority in the UK Parliament with a strong mandate to fulfil his promise to leave the EU by 31 Janua...Read More

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EU Warns of “Fair Playing Field” Requirement for Free Trade Agreement with UK Post-Brexit

10 Dec 2019

On 6 December 2019, the new EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan shed a note of optimism during a speech, by claiming that many aspects of a free trade agreement with the UK may be negotiated relatively q...Read More

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EU Adopts Two New Regulations Regulating the Use of Certain Substances in Cosmetic Products

29 Nov 2019

On 27 November 2019, two new Regulations entered into force, amending the EU’s framework legislation, Regulation 1223/2009 on cosmetic products. The new legislation was adopted pursuant to new opinion...Read More

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EU Singapore Free Trade Agreement Enters into Force on 21 November 2019

21 Nov 2019

On 14 November 2019, the Official Journal published a Notice concerning the date of entry into force of the Free Trade Agreement (“FTA”) between the EU and Singapore. The Notice states, simply, that t...Read More

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Mainland China and EU Conclude Negotiations over Landmark Agreement for Protection of Geographical Indications

14 Nov 2019

On 6 November 2019, the European Commission (“Commission”) announced the conclusion of negotiations for a Bilateral Landmark Agreement (“Agreement”) between mainland China and the EU for the reciproca...Read More

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New Brexit Date Set for 31 January 2020, with UK Elections to Take Place on 12 December 2019

31 Oct 2019

After being forced to break his pledge to bring the UK out of the EU by 31 October 2019, the UK Prime Minister was obliged to accept an extension to Brexit until 31 January 2020. In response to this, ...Read More

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Latest list of European Standards under General Product Safety Law is Published

29 Oct 2019

The Official Journal has published Commission Implementing Decision 2019/1698 on European standards for products that have been drafted in support of the EU Directive on “general product safety” (Dire...Read More

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Details Published on New Database for Chemicals of Concern in Consumer Goods

28 Oct 2019

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published a 15-page document entitled “detailed information requirements for the SCIP database”. From 5 January 2021, companies, including Hong Kong suppliers,...Read More

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Brexit: UK Parliament Votes to Approve Deal Reached by EU and UK but Rejects Timetable to Leave by 31 October 2019

24 Oct 2019

The UK and the EU managed to reach a new deal, the UK Prime Minister reluctantly sent a letter to the EU requesting an extension to Brexit, and UK MPs voted to allow the legislation on the Withdrawal ...Read More

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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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