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Studies by Environmentalists and NGOs Reveal High Levels of Toxic Substances in Plastic Toys

7 Nov 2019

Last month, Genon Jensen, founder and executive director of the Health and Environment Alliance (“HEAL”), reported on the results of the tests conducted by HEAL and the NGOs Arnika and IPEN on over 50...Read More

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EU Calls on Companies to Prepare for New Information Requirements Regarding Nanomaterials

6 Nov 2019

The European Chemicals Agency (“ECHA”) has published a news item calling on companies to prepare for the new requirements under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals...Read More

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EU Institutions and Private Companies Make Efforts to Reduce Plastics

5 Nov 2019

EU institutions such as the European Commission (“Commission”), and private companies have pledged efforts and made commitments to reduce the amount of plastic waste in the EU. On the one hand, the Co...Read More

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New EU Report Published on Counterfeit Goods, Including Toys and Clothing, Entering the EU

11 Oct 2019

The European Commission has released figures showing the increasing number of interceptions of fake goods entering the EU due to the rising number of small parcels, express and postal traffic. The rep...Read More

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The EU’s Data Protection Rules: European Commission Takes Stock of Results Achieved So Far Under the GDPR

27 Sept 2019

The European Commission has presented a Communication to the European Parliament and Council on the application of the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation 2016/679, more commonly known as t...Read More

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Action Proposed for Re-use of Waste Electronics, Furniture and Other Leisure Items

19 Sept 2019

On 29 August 2019, the European Commission released a news alert drawing attention to a German study regarding the potential to re-use waste electric and electronic equipment (WEEE), furniture and lei...Read More

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Ireland’s Former Environment and Community Minister Nominated as the New EU Trade Commissioner

17 Sept 2019

On 10 September 2019, the European Commission’s president-elect Ursula von der Leyen presented her team of 26 commissioners at a press conference in Brussels. The proposed commissioners are expected t...Read More

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EU Stresses Need for Greater Focus on Microplastic Particles After New Alarming Study

3 Sept 2019

The EU has expressed concerns over the presence of microplastics in aquatic environments following the outcome of a recent study. The study aimed at exploring the potential sources of these microplast...Read More

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Penalty of €250,000 Imposed by French Authority for Online Sales Restrictions

16 Aug 2019

It has been announced that the French Competition Authority (the “FCA”) has imposed a fine of EUR 250,000 on Trek Bicycle Corporation and its subsidiary Bikeurope B.V. (together “Bikeurope”) for havin...Read More

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European Citizens Call for the Ban of All Single-use Plastic Products in Europe

13 Aug 2019

On 29 July 2019, Commission Decision 2019/1268 on the proposed citizens' initiative entitled ‘Let's put an end to the era of plastic in Europe’ was published in the Official Journal of the EU. It is n...Read More

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French Government Proposes Anti-waste and Circular Economy Law Covering Numerous Consumer Goods

26 July 2019

On 10 July 2019, the French Government presented an ambitious proposal for an “anti-waste” and circular economy law (the Law Proposal) to France’s Council of Ministers. The Law Proposal is divided int...Read More

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Chinese Company Loses Anti-dumping Appeal; Important Issues Raised That Could Have Impact on Other Cases

17 July 2019

On 28 June 2019, the General Court of the EU dismissed the application lodged by Chinese sweetener producer Changmao Biochemical Engineering against dumping tariffs imposed by the EU on its products. ...Read More

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EU Clarifies Interest Rate in Cases of Reimbursement of Duties Relating to Trade Defence Measures

15 July 2019

On 4 July 2019, a Notice on the payment of interest in the case of reimbursement of duties relating to trade defence measures was published in the Official Journal. The Notice is relevant where, for e...Read More

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EU Extends Trade Defence Rules to the Continental Shelf and the Exclusive Economic Zones of Its Member States

11 July 2019

On 2 July 2019, the EU published a new Regulation establishing a customs tool to implement the application and collection of anti-dumping and/or countervailing duties on certain goods in the continent...Read More

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Chemicals in Consumer Goods Could See Broader Shift Towards Increased Restrictions Under New “Group Approach”

10 July 2019

Hong Kong traders involved in the manufacturing of non-stick coatings, plastic casings, electronic displays and the production of food and feed may like to take note of three recent European regulator...Read More

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Textiles Come into Focus of EU Circular Economy Strategy

28 June 2019

EU officials, environment experts and industry representatives suggest making textiles the next priority for the EU circular economy strategy. The EU wants to explore potential measures for making tex...Read More

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EU Court of Justice Clarifies Interpretation of Consumer Sale of Goods Law

24 June 2019

The Court of Justice of the European Union (the “ECJ”) has ruled that EU Member States are competent to establish the place where the consumer is required to make goods that were acquired under a dist...Read More

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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

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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

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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

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