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EU's General Court Dismisses Damages Claim in Case Concerning Silicon Metal Imports

12 June 2019

On 23 May 2019, the General Court dismissed the silicon metal trader company Remag Metallhandel’s damages claim concerning the anti-dumping duties which the Austrian Government collected following the...Read More


New EU Law Governing Sale of Goods Between Sellers and Consumers Published

29 May 2019

On 22 May 2019, the EU Official Journal published Directive 2019/771 on certain aspects concerning contracts for the sale of goods....Read More


Calls Made to Withdraw Recycling Exemptions for Flame Retardants Found in Consumer Goods

24 May 2019

The 9th Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants was held in Geneva from 29 April to 10 May 2019. In the run-up to the conference, eight European Environm...Read More


Proposal Is Tabled to Restrict Placing on the Market of Textile and Leather Articles Containing Skin Sensitising Substances

14 May 2019

It is reported that on 29 April 2019 Sweden and France have submitted a “restriction proposal” to the European Chemicals Agency, aimed at putting in place the restriction of skin sensitising substance...Read More


Court of Justice Ruling Could Lead to Greater Pressure on the Commission and on Traders Facing Anti-dumping Duties

14 May 2019

On 2 May 2019, it was reported that, pursuant to a Court of Justice judgment in the “Canadian solar” anti-dumping proceeding, EU tariffs could, according to some analysts, be generally lower in future...Read More


Uniform Application of Customs Classifications Made for Item of Textile and Electronic Soundbar, Among Others

6 May 2019

On 25 April 2019, a series of new Regulations concerning the classification of goods in the EU’s Combined Nomenclature were published in the Official Journal....Read More


New EU Copyright Directive Adopted

24 April 2019

On 15 April 2019, the European Council voted in favour of the new and controversial Copyright Directive, an instrument of legislation intended to update online copyright laws for the digital age. The ...Read More


EU Domestic Industry Strengthened Through Trade Remedy Measures

9 April 2019

On 27 March 2019, the European Commission presented a Report revealing the strengthening of the EU’s trade defence instruments (TDIs) through major reforms. Since 2014, the EU has applied 95 trade def...Read More


New EU Law on “New Deal for Consumers”

8 April 2019

On 2 April 2019, the European Parliament and Council of EU Member States arrived at a provisional agreement on an EU Directive for tougher consumer protection rules, including regarding their enforcem...Read More


Regulation Published on the Establishment of a Framework for the Screening of Foreign Direct Investments into the EU

2 April 2019

On 10 April 2019, Regulation 2019/452 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a framework for the screening of foreign direct investments into the Union will enter into force. Howev...Read More


Swedish Agency Publishes Results of Sweeping Consumer Product Investigations

28 March 2019

The Swedish Chemicals Agency (SCA) has published the results of two investigations into a total of 335 consumer products. The first investigation concerned an inspection of 115 advertisement products ...Read More


UK Report Finds Fashion Industry Unsustainable and Suggests Extended Producer Responsibility Scheme

25 March 2019

The UK’s Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) recently presented a report on the sustainability of clothing, finding that the fashion industry’s current business model is unsustainable, with over-consu...Read More


Public Consultation Launched, Seeking Feedback, with a View to Evaluating EU Law on Food Contact Materials

5 March 2019

The Commission’s notice initiating the consultation notes that food contact materials (FCMs) are all materials that come into contact with food, including packaging, kitchenware and tableware, and the...Read More


Sweden Investigates E-commerce Consumer Goods Including Toys and Jewellery

25 Feb 2019

The Swedish Chemicals Agency (SCA) has undertaken a first of its kind investigation into electronic products, toys and jewellery sold via e-commerce marketplaces. It announced that its report of Decem...Read More


ECHA Urged to Follow Through with Database of Products Containing Hazardous Substances

18 Feb 2019

By 5 January 2020, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is mandated to establish a database of articles that contain so-called Candidate List substances and make this information available to waste tr...Read More


Restriction Proposed Regarding Intentionally Added Microplastics

12 Feb 2019

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced on 30 January 2019 that it has submitted a “restriction proposal” for microplastic particles that are intentionally added to mixtures used by consumers o...Read More


Google Fined Extraordinary Amount by French Authority for Breaching Data Protection Rules

8 Feb 2019

On 21 January 2019, the French Data Protection Authority (Commission Nationale Informatique et Liberté – the CNIL) imposed a fine of EUR 50 million on Google for infringing General Data Protection Reg...Read More


European Parliament Publishes Briefing on the Environmental Impact of the Textile and Clothing Industry

1 Feb 2019

On 7 January 2019, the European Parliament published a briefing on the Environmental impact of the textile and clothing industry. The briefing outlines the functioning of the textile and clothing indu...Read More


EU Agency Starts Enforcement Programme on REACH Compliance

22 Jan 2019

Earlier in January 2019, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and national customs officials started an EU-wide enforcement programme to check if importers and manufacturers comply with registration o...Read More


EU and Japan Seal ‘EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement’ Deal

15 Jan 2019

The parties to the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement aim to improve trade in goods and services as well as to create opportunities for investment. This agreement will further improve the positio...Read More

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