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Two New Consumer Safety Laws Proposed by European Commission

12 Jan 2018

On 19 December 2017, the European Commission presented two proposals relating to consumer safety: the first proposal concerns mutual recognition of consumer safety rules by Member States, and the othe...Read More

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Chinese Solar-panel Maker Challenges Exclusion from Price Undertaking Before EU’s General Court

12 Jan 2018

It was reported on 18 December 2017 that the Chinese solar-panel maker Wuxi Saijing Solar has lodged an appeal against the EU on 30 November 2017 for excluding it from the price undertaking that allow...Read More

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Highest EU Court Confirms Annulment of Anti-dumping Duties on Giant’s Bicycles from Mainland China; Ramifications Ensue for Other Companies As Well

12 Jan 2018

On 14 December 2017, the EU Court of Justice (ECJ) delivered its judgment dismissing an appeal brought by the European Bicycle Manufacturers Association (EBMA), thereby confirming that the anti-dumpin...Read More

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European Commission Renews Approval of Herbicide Glyphosate for Five Years After In-depth Re-evaluation

12 Jan 2018

On 15 December 2017, the European Commission’s implementing Regulation 2017/2324, which renews the approval for glyphosate for five years following a favourable vote of Member States on 27 November 20...Read More

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EU Establishes First Ever Tax Havens Blacklist, While Hong Kong is Placed on a Watchlist

15 Dec 2017

On 5 December 2017, finance ministers from the 28 EU Member States reached an agreement on an EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions, otherwise also known as the EU’s first tax havens blacklist....Read More

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Scope of “RoHS 2” is Amended, Affecting Replacement of Spare Parts and Refurbished Electrical and Electronic Equipment

15 Dec 2017

On 21 November 2017, new Directive 2017/2102, which amends the scope of Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS ...Read More

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European Commission Restricts the Use of Peanut Oil and Hydrolysed Wheat Protein in Cosmetics

15 Dec 2017

Hong Kong’s exporters to the EU of cosmetic products should be alerted to a legislative development that may affect them. On 5 December 2017, Regulation 2017/2228 was published which restricts the use...Read More

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Fees for Registration of Chemicals under the REACH Rules: ECHA Clarifies the Ability to Obtain a Fee Reduction for SMEs

15 Dec 2017

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has confirmed that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) registering their substances under REACH will benefit from a reduced registration fee, as long as they...Read More

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EU Law Published on Use of Electronic Portal for Customs Information Exchanges

1 Dec 2017

On 15 November 2017, the European Commission published Implementing Regulation 2017/2089 on technical arrangements for developing, maintaining and employing electronic systems for the exchange of info...Read More

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SolarWorld Loses Legal Challenge Against Price Undertaking for Imported Solar Cells and Solar Modules Before Europe’s Highest Court

1 Dec 2017

On 9 November 2017, in cases C-204/16 P and C-205/16 P, the European Court of Justice rejected a legal challenge brought by SolarWorld, a German producer of solar cells and solar modules. The challeng...Read More

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Brexit: UK Issues Customs Draft Law While Facing Tough Criticism for Being Unprepared for a No-deal Scenario

1 Dec 2017

On 2 November 2017, the UK government published the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill, previously known as the Customs Bill, to be debated and passed by its Parliament. This will enable the governmen...Read More

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Denmark to Hand out Subsidies to Economic Operators for Eco-labelled Products, Including for Clothing and Textiles

1 Dec 2017

On 3 November 2017, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency opened a round of applications for companies wishing to label their products with the Swan label or the EU Flower. The Swan label and the...Read More

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EU Re-imposes Definitive Anti-dumping Duties on a Number of Shoe Exporters

17 Nov 2017

On 31 October 2017, the EU re-imposed definitive anti-dumping duties on shoe imports from Vietnam and mainland China for four company groups, for the period 2006-2011. These duties had been annulled b...Read More

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RoHS Law Amendment Published, Exempting Cadmium-based Quantum Dots for Use in Display Lighting Applications, but for Limited Period Only

17 Nov 2017

On 31 October 2017, a new law which amends Directive 2011/65/EU, more commonly known as the “RoHS 2” Directive, was published in the EU’s Official Journal. Hong Kong sellers of electrical and electron...Read More

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France Introduces Colour Coded Food Labelling System

17 Nov 2017

On 31 October 2017, France introduced a voluntary labelling scheme for food products. ‘Nutri-Score’, as it is called, ranks the overall nutritional quality of all food except single-ingredient foodstu...Read More

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German NGO Denounces Inadequate WEEE Collection Systems and Insufficient Market Surveillance Concerning Energy Labelling

17 Nov 2017

Environmental Action Germany (Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V. – DUH), a non-governmental environmental and consumer protection organisation, has investigated recovery systems for waste electrical and electr...Read More

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UK Government Publishes Brexit Policy Paper on Trade and Customs Arrangements

3 Nov 2017

On 9 October 2017, the UK government published a policy paper on its trade and customs arrangements leading up to and after Brexit. Notably, the government announced that it will develop its own trade...Read More

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EU Pushes Forward with Future Anti-dumping Rules, While Mainland China Claims that Rules Still Breach EU’s WTO Obligations

3 Nov 2017

Subsequent to the informal agreement on the EU’s new anti-dumping methodology which was struck between negotiators from the European Parliament and EU ministers on 3 October 2017, mainland China claim...Read More

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French Association Fighting Against Built-in Obsolescence Lodges Complaint Against Several Printer Manufacturers

3 Nov 2017

A French association whose mission is to fight against built-in obsolescence (Halte à l’obsolescence programmée) lodged a complaint against a number of printer manufacturers on the grounds that they h...Read More

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European Commission Introduces New Mandatory Car Emissions Tests

3 Nov 2017

On 31 August 2017, the European Commission announced that, as of 1 September 2017, new car models must pass a set of new and allegedly more reliable emissions tests before they can be released on Euro...Read More

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