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European Commission to Set Slower Pace in Easing Steel Safeguard Measures

21 Aug 2019

On 14 August 2019, the European Commission published a WTO notification concerning its conclusions on the review investigation on the safeguard measures currently applicable to certain steel products....Read More


Official Journal Summary

20 Aug 2019

European Union schedule of specific commitments annexed to the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS)....Read More


Food Contact Materials Law Amends Position on Use of a Substance in Plastic Packaging

20 Aug 2019

The Official Journal of the European Union has published new Commission Regulation 2019/1338 which amends Regulation 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food. ...Read More


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


Nordic Countries Urge Development of Circular Value Chain for Electronic Products

15 Aug 2019

On 5 August 2019, the Nordic Council of Ministers released a report entitled “Designing plastics circulation – electrical and electronic products”. The purpose of the report is to drive the electrical...Read More


Official Journal Summary

13 Aug 2019

Topics: Notice of initiation of an anti-dumping proceeding concerning imports of certain hot rolled stainless steel sheets and coils originating in the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan and Indonesia...Read More


Anti-dumping Actions

13 Aug 2019

On 12 August 2019, the Official Journal published a notice of initiation of an anti-dumping proceeding concerning imports of certain hot rolled stainless steel sheets and coils originating in the Chin...Read More


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


Spanish Clothing Giant Commits to Environmentally Sustainable Fibres, As Textiles are Prioritised for the Circular Economy

9 Aug 2019

Spanish retail giant Inditex, best known for its brand Zara which accounts for 70% of the group’s sales, recently announced concrete initiatives within the framework of its commitment to ethical and s...Read More


Germany Examines Challenges of E-commerce with Regard to Environment and Consumer Protection

7 Aug 2019

Earlier this summer, the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection and the Federal Ministry for the Environment jointly organised a conference in Berlin to discuss the challenges and ...Read More


New EU decision on Toy Safety Standard Published

6 Aug 2019

On 23 July 2019, Commission Implementing Decision 2019/1254 was published in the Official Journal. The Decision concerns harmonised standards on the safety of toys which, in turn, supports Directive 2...Read More


Anti-dumping Actions

6 Aug 2019

Commodity: Certain pneumatic tyres, new or retreaded, of rubber, of a kind used for buses or lorries, with a load index exceeding 121, currently falling within CN codes 4011 20 90 and ex 4012 12 00 (T...Read More


Official Journals Summary

6 Aug 2019

Official Journals Summary for Week Ending 5 August 2019: Commission Recommendation (EU) 2019/1318 of 30 July 2019 on internal compliance programmes for dual-use trade controls under Council Regulation...Read More


New Commission President Vows to Put Environment First: Carbon Tariffs on Imports a Likelihood

1 Aug 2019

On 16 July 2019, Ursula von der Leyen was elected as the first female president of the European Commission. She won the support of 383 members of the European Parliament, by promising a European ‘Gree...Read More


EU’s E-commerce Regulations Need Improvement in Relation to VAT and Customs Duties Claims EU Body

1 Aug 2019

In a Special Report published in July, the European Court of Auditors has examined the EU’s new rules on e-commerce which are scheduled to enter into force by 2021. The report raises various issues an...Read More


Official Journal Summary

30 July 2019

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1267 of 26 July 2019 imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of tungsten electrodes originating in the People's Republic of China following an e...Read More


Anti-dumping Actions

30 July 2019

On 29 July 2019, Commission Implementing Regulation 2019/1267 was published in the Official Journal. The Regulation imposes a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of tungsten electrodes originating...Read More


Controversial French Tax to Be Imposed on Tech Giants; France Faces US Retaliation

30 July 2019

On 24 July 2019, France’s President Macron signed into law a 3 percent tax on large tech companies' local revenues. The law was published in the country’s official gazette on 25 July. Tech giants will...Read More


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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