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Advocate General Delivers Formal Opinion: UK Can Unilaterally Cancel Its Withdrawal from EU

7 Dec 2018

On 4 December 2018, an Advocate General (Mr. Manuel Campos Sanchez-Bordona) at the Court of Justice of the EU issued his formal (non-binding) opinion that the UK would be able to unilaterally cancel i...Read More

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Product-specific Laws Combatting Planned Obsolescence to be Debated over Coming Days

6 Dec 2018

On 29 November 2018, it came to light that the EU may be watering down proposed legal provisions regulating “built-in obsolescence” in certain products, namely, lighting, electronic displays (includin...Read More

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European Parliament and Council Nearing End of Trilogue Negotiations for Directive on Single-Use Plastics

5 Dec 2018

The final wording of the proposed Directive on single-use plastics (SUP) is expected to be determined in an upcoming trilogue meeting between the EU Council and the European Parliament scheduled for 6...Read More

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Spain Makes Recycling of Cartridges and Toners Mandatory

4 Dec 2018

The recycling of waste cartridges and toners has become mandatory in Spain, due to the expansion of the consideration of what is an ‘electric or electronic device’ in the framework of Spanish Royal De...Read More

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EU Leaders Reach Consensus over “Divorce Deal” with UK

27 Nov 2018

While it was widely predicted that EU leaders would sign off on the withdrawal deal at Sunday’s summit, it apparently took merely 40 minutes for them to endorse the almost 600 pages of legal text (the...Read More

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E-bikes from Mainland China Face Steep Duties of Up to 79.3%, But Escape Retroactive Imposition of Duties

23 Nov 2018

As a new development in the EU anti-dumping investigation on electric bicycles (“e-bikes”) from mainland China, it appears that the Commission sent its final disclosure document to the stakeholders an...Read More

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EU Safeguard Investigation: Manufacturers from Top Steel Exporting Countries Including Mainland China Could Face Country-specific Quotas

21 Nov 2018

It was reported on 14 November 2018 that steel manufacturers from the biggest steel exporting countries to the EU could face country-specific limits on exports to the EU. The currently imposed provisi...Read More

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EU Issues Fourth ‘Tax Haven Blacklist’ Update: Hong Kong Still in Process of Satisfying Final Good Governance Requirement

20 Nov 2018

This update concerns the fourth amendment to the December 2017 Council agreement reached by EU-28 Finance Ministers on the EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions (the ”tax haven blacklist”)....Read More

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EU-UK Draft Withdrawal Agreement Wins UK Cabinet Support, But Brexit Struggle Far from Over

16 Nov 2018

The UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove, a well-known supporter of Brexit, is believed to be the only senior ‘leave’ supporting minister to have backed the draft deal. Eleven out of Mrs. May’s 29 ca...Read More

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Trilogue Meetings Begin, to Negotiate Final Text of Proposed Directive on Single Use Plastics

12 Nov 2018

The proposed Directive concerns products which are wholly or partly made from plastic, where these are neither designed nor conceived to accomplish multiple rotations – in the sense of being returned ...Read More

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With Brexit Looming Over UK’s Future, Five New Business Councils Are Set Up to Advise Prime Minister on “Post-Brexit Opportunities”

8 Nov 2018

According to Mrs. May, “the UK has always been one of the best places in the world to do business and is a leader in sectors from advanced manufacturing to the creative industries. Brexit presents a h...Read More

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Toxic Toys on the Market as a Result of European Legislative Inconsistencies

31 Oct 2018

The study has unveiled and called for an end to inconsistencies and mismatches in legislation on chemicals, products, and waste in the European Union and, even further afield, in Central and Eastern E...Read More

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EU’s Highest Court Clarifies Concepts of Banned Unfair Business-to-Consumer Commercial Practices Applicable in All Member States

30 Oct 2018

The CJEU delivered its judgment in response to a request for a preliminary ruling from the Italian Council of State in proceedings between two Italian mobile telephone operators, Vodafone Italia SpA a...Read More

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European Parliament Votes on Proposed “Single Use Plastics” Directive

29 Oct 2018

Hong Kong traders of disposable items such as single-use plastic cutlery, food containers, cups and balloons that are destined for the EU market will recall that on 28 May 2018, the European Commissio...Read More

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European Commission Imposes Restrictions on Hazardous Chemicals in Clothing, Textiles and Footwear

18 Oct 2018

On 12 October 2018, the EU’s Official Journal published Commission Regulation 2018/1513 imposing new restrictions on the use of 33 substances known to cause cancer and reproductive health problems (so...Read More

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Ecodesign Plans Obliging Manufacturers to Make Products Easily Repairable Are Opposed by Some Member States

11 Oct 2018

A European Commission consultation, which closed on 4 June 2018, brought to light that the “take-make-use-throw away” ideology coupled with “built-in obsolescence”, an allegedly widespread practice by...Read More

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UK Government Publishes Technical Notice Concerning the Regulation of Chemicals Under REACH

4 Oct 2018

The purpose of the UK government’s Notices is to set out relevant information in order to allow businesses and citizens to understand what would need to be done in a “no deal” scenario, so they can ma...Read More

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Denmark Investigates Carcinogenic PAHs in Consumer Products, Including in Footwear and Toys

2 Oct 2018

PAHs are organic compounds containing two or more fused aromatic rings, which, in processed articles, may exist in the following: creosote, medicines, dyes, plastics, rubbers, pesticides, lubricants, ...Read More

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UK Makes Plans for Stand-alone Compliance of Products Regime; Publishes Technical Notice

27 Sept 2018

The purpose of the UK government’s Notices is to set out relevant information in order to allow businesses and citizens understand what they would need to do in a “no deal” scenario. However, it recog...Read More

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New EU Directive on Copyright: Adoption Imminent

26 Sept 2018

The European Commission’s Proposal for a Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market (the proposed Copyright Directive) is designed to modernise existing copyright laws for the digital age. Am...Read More

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