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European Commission Puts Forward New Compromise Proposal on Anti-dumping Rules, Specifically Addressing Concerns on Burden of Proof

22 Sept 2017

As the trilogue talks (negotiations between the European Commission, Parliament and Member States) on the new EU anti-dumping rules continue, the final reform of the EU’s anti-dumping legislation is a...Read More

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Solar Panels: EU Member States Back New and Reduced MIP, While Commission Removes Two Chinese Solar Producers from Price Undertaking

22 Sept 2017

On 7 September 2017, the EU Member States’ trade representatives voted on the European Commission’s proposal to reduce the minimum import price (MIP) at which exporting producers from mainland China a...Read More

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Stricter Ecodesign Requirements and Energy Labelling Rules for Vacuum Cleaners Enter into Force

22 Sept 2017

As from 1 September 2017, Hong Kong traders selling electrical appliances within the EU must comply with stricter ecodesign requirements in the case of vacuum cleaners, and ensure that they use the up...Read More

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Timetable for Lead Exemptions in Car Parts Nears Adoption

22 Sept 2017

Hong Kong sellers of car parts may like to know that the presence of lead in certain vehicle parts will be permitted in the EU over the next two to seven years under European Commission proposals, whi...Read More

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Electronics Fall under Spotlight in Sweden in New Consultation on Certain Hazardous Substances

22 Sept 2017

On 15 September 2017, the Swedish Chemicals Agency (SCA) concluded a stakeholder consultation on the potential for substitution of medium-chained chlorinated paraffins (MCCPs) in electric and electron...Read More

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New EU Green Public Procurement Criteria for Furniture Published

8 Sept 2017

On 10 August 2017, the European Commission published new EU green public procurement (GPP) criteria for furniture, an area with a high annual spend by public authorities in the European Union. The EU ...Read More

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EU Adopts New Regulations on Cosmetics Aimed at Restricting Use of Fragrance Allergens and a Colorant

8 Sept 2017

On 3 and 4 August 2017, the European Commission published two new regulations, Commission Regulation 2017/1410 and Commission Regulation 2017/1413. Both are aimed at revising Regulation 1223/2009, whi...Read More

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EU Harmonises Classification of Wireless Charging Plates, Shower Curtain Rods and LED Dental Lights

8 Sept 2017

During the month of August, the Official Journal published 3 new regulations classifying goods in the Combined Nomenclature, thus affecting their customs duties and descriptions. These goods consist o...Read More

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Four Phthalates Identified as Endocrine-disrupting Substances of Very High Concern

8 Sept 2017

Hong Kong traders should take note that, pursuant to Commission Implementing Decision 2017/1210, four phthalates have been identified by the European Commission as Substances of Very High Concern (SVH...Read More

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While Trilogue Talks on New EU Anti-dumping Rules Continue, Fresh Investigation on Tyres Begins

25 Aug 2017

On 11 August 2017, the European Commission initiated a new anti-dumping investigation on imports of new and retreaded tyres for buses or lorries originating in mainland China, currently classified und...Read More

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Solar Cells and Panels from Mainland China: Controversy Dogs Choice for Determining New EU MIP

25 Aug 2017

It has come to light that a Taiwanese investigation on the accuracy of market research company PVInsights’ price data has added yet another complication to the EU’s much disputed trade defence proceed...Read More

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Influential NGO Calls for Investigation into EU’s Unlawful Handling of Nanomaterials Issue in Cosmetic Products Law

25 Aug 2017

On 31 July 2017, ClientEarth, a non-profit environmental organisation, complained to the European Ombudsman, an independent and impartial body that holds EU institutions, bodies, offices and agencies ...Read More

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NGO ChemSec Promotes Safe Alternatives to Hazardous Chemicals

25 Aug 2017

ChemSec, a non-profit NGO, has launched The Marketplace, a website which aims to offer a digital platform for suppliers and purchasers of alternative solutions to hazardous chemicals. All solutions to...Read More

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Danish Consumer Body Finds Suspected Endocrine Disruptors in Majority of Tested Pushchairs

25 Aug 2017

Tests carried out by the Danish Consumer Council’s Think Chemicals Initiative has found carcinogenic and suspected endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in more than half of the pushchairs tested by t...Read More

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Textile Products: Criteria for EU Ecolabelling Amended

11 Aug 2017

The EU Ecolabel is a voluntary scheme that some Hong Kong traders may be aware of, whereby companies are able to label their products as having a lower environmental impact than other products within ...Read More

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Open Mesh Fabrics from Mainland China: EU Industry Calls for United Front Against Allegedly Illegal Trade Practices

11 Aug 2017

In a press release published on 20 July 2017, GlassFibreEurope, the European Glass Fibre Producers Association, and Tech-Fab Europe collectively called on all actors in the glass fibre value chain to ...Read More

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New EU Regulation Targets Allergy-causing Substance Methylisothiazolinone in Cosmetic Products

11 Aug 2017

On 7 July 2017, the Official Journal published Commission Regulation 2017/1224 updating existing limitations on the use of Methylisothiazolinone (MI) concentrations in cosmetic products. Previously, M...Read More

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New EU Survey Shows Increased Trust and Demand in Cross-border Online Shopping

11 Aug 2017

On 25 July 2017, the European Commission published its 2017 edition of the Consumer Conditions Scoreboard illustrating that increasing numbers of EU consumers are now shopping online and that trust in...Read More

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EU Launches Public Consultation on Migration Limits for Aluminium in Toys

28 July 2017

The European Commission’s independent Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) has launched a public consultation on the 'Tolerable intake of aluminium with regard to ...Read More

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Environment MEPs Back Update to RoHS 2 Following Compromise Reached Between European Parliament and Council

28 July 2017

On 11 July 2017, the European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) officially backed plans to amend Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2); a key piece of EU legislation ...Read More

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