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EU Singapore Free Trade Agreement Enters into Force on 21 November 2019

21 Nov 2019

On 14 November 2019, the Official Journal published a Notice concerning the date of entry into force of the Free Trade Agreement (“FTA”) between the EU and Singapore. The Notice states, simply, that t...Read More


Official Journal Summary

19 Nov 2019

Topics: Explanatory Notes to the Combined Nomenclature of the European Union; Corrigendum to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1776 of 9 October 2019 amending Annex I to Council Regulation ...Read More


Changmao Biochemical Engineering Co. Ltd Appeals Court Judgment on EU Imposition of Anti-dumping Measures

19 Nov 2019

In an anti-dumping case likely to be of interest to Hong Kong traders with commercial activities in mainland China, Changmao Biochemical Engineering Co. Ltd (“Changmao”) appealed a judgement of the Ge...Read More


New Exemptions Under EU RoHS Law Published by European Commission

15 Nov 2019

On 5 November 2019, the Official Journal of the EU published two new Directives, both amending framework Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic eq...Read More


Mainland China and EU Conclude Negotiations over Landmark Agreement for Protection of Geographical Indications

14 Nov 2019

On 6 November 2019, the European Commission (“Commission”) announced the conclusion of negotiations for a Bilateral Landmark Agreement (“Agreement”) between mainland China and the EU for the reciproca...Read More


Official Journal Summary

12 Nov 2019

Topics: Commission Recommendation (EU) 2019/1888 of 7 November 2019 on the monitoring of the presence of acrylamide in certain foods; Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/1874 of 6 November 2019...Read More


Anti-dumping Actions

12 Nov 2019

Action: The Official Journal has published a Corrigendum to Commission Implementing Regulation 2019/1706 of 10 October 2019 amending Implementing Regulation 2017/325 imposing a definitive anti-dumping...Read More


EU Environment Ministers Call for More Sustainable Action in, Among Others, Textiles and Electronics Sectors

12 Nov 2019

The Council of the European Union (the “Council”), bringing together the environment ministers from all EU Member States, has adopted conclusions on the transition to a sustainable society. It is a ca...Read More


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


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


Official Journal Summary

5 Nov 2019

Topics: Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1776 of 9 October 2019 amending Annex I to Council Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87 on the tariff and statistical nomenclature and on the Common Customs...Read More


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


Sexist Toys Targeted by Dutch Minister and France

5 Nov 2019

Last month, the Dutch minister for Education, Culture and Science, Ingrid van Engelshoven, was questioned in the Dutch Parliament following her statement published in a Dutch newspaper in which she ha...Read More


New Brexit Date Set for 31 January 2020, with UK Elections to Take Place on 12 December 2019

31 Oct 2019

After being forced to break his pledge to bring the UK out of the EU by 31 October 2019, the UK Prime Minister was obliged to accept an extension to Brexit until 31 January 2020. In response to this, ...Read More


Latest list of European Standards under General Product Safety Law is Published

29 Oct 2019

The Official Journal has published Commission Implementing Decision 2019/1698 on European standards for products that have been drafted in support of the EU Directive on “general product safety” (Dire...Read More


Official Summary Journal

29 Oct 2019

Official Journals for Week Ending 28 October 2019. Topic: Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/1781 of 1 October 2019 laying down ecodesign requirements for electric motors and variable speed drives pursua...Read More


Details Published on New Database for Chemicals of Concern in Consumer Goods

28 Oct 2019

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published a 15-page document entitled “detailed information requirements for the SCIP database”. From 5 January 2021, companies, including Hong Kong suppliers,...Read More


Brexit: UK Parliament Votes to Approve Deal Reached by EU and UK but Rejects Timetable to Leave by 31 October 2019

24 Oct 2019

The UK and the EU managed to reach a new deal, the UK Prime Minister reluctantly sent a letter to the EU requesting an extension to Brexit, and UK MPs voted to allow the legislation on the Withdrawal ...Read More

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