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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 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


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


Data Protection Compliance During EU Trade Defence Investigations

24 July 2019

This report offers guidelines and contains practical examples for securing compliance with data protection rules in the framework of trade defence investigations conducted in the European Union. It ma...Read More


Vietnam Signs “Milestone” Trade and Investment Agreements with EU, Upping Pressure on Competition from Other Asian Countries

8 July 2019

On 30 June 2019, the EU and Vietnam signed two long-awaited agreements which provide for a significant liberalisation in trade and facilitation of investments between the two trading partners. The amb...Read More


Global Trade Barriers Rise As EU Works to Open Markets; Reciprocal Trade Measures Cannot Be Excluded

2 July 2019

On 17 June 2019, the European Commission presented a Report describing what it called a steady opening of markets for EU traders amidst rising global protectionism. Between 2014 and 2017, the EU is sa...Read More


Carbon Tariffs on Imports into the EU Being Considered by the European Commission

25 June 2019

On 13 June 2019, European Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström announced that the French proposal for a “carbon tariff” could well fit into the EU “greener” trade policy that seeks to address the...Read More


The New European Parliament: Pro-EU but Highly Fragmented

5 June 2019

Between 23 and 26 May 2019, the people of Europe voted to elect the composition of the new European Parliament, which will begin its work on 2 July 2019. Notably, pro-European minority groups have sco...Read More


Brexit Withdrawal Agreement Bill Set to Be Brought Back to Parliament in First Week of June

21 May 2019

Since last year, Theresa May has been trying to find a majority in Parliament for her Withdrawal Agreement Bill (“WAB”). Though she gained votes with every attempt, May has still not succeeded in gett...Read More


EU Proposes Global Electronic Commerce Deal

17 May 2019

On 3 May 2019, the EU made public its proposed text on future rules and obligations on e-commerce as part of WTO negotiations on e-commerce endorsed by Ministers in the margins of the Davos World Econ...Read More


EU Publishes Draft List of Goods Which Could Be Targeted by Retaliatory Measures If Imported from US

29 April 2019

On 17 April 2019, the European Commission published a draft list containing the details of products that could be targeted with additional punitive tariffs when imported into the European Union from t...Read More


EU-US Trade Tensions Persist, Yet Hope Remains for Adoption of Bilateral Pact

16 April 2019

On 8 April 2019, the US threatened to impose tariffs amounting to USD 11.2 billion on a range of EU products, as a countermeasure to illegal subsidies provided by the EU to Airbus. The ultimate purpos...Read More


EU27 and UK Agree on Extending Brexit Deadline Until 31 October 2019

12 April 2019

Following repeated rejections of the Brexit deal in the UK Parliament, the European Council scheduled a special Brexit summit for 10 April 2019. At the special summit, the EU’s heads of state and gove...Read More


EU Urges Companies to Take Precautionary Steps for REACH Compliance Before Brexit

10 April 2019

On 3 April 2019, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) recommended that companies subject to the REACH framework prepare for UK’s withdrawal from the European Union without a transition period, no matt...Read More


EU Chief Brexit Negotiator: No Deal Becomes More Likely “Day After Day”

3 April 2019

On 1 April 2019, the UK’s House of Commons failed to decide by a majority on any plan of action for an orderly Brexit. This was the second time a number of indicative votes on a possible solution were...Read More


Uncertainty Increases Over Likelihood of Orderly Brexit with UK Running Out of Workable Options

29 March 2019

On 27 March 2019, the road to Brexit took another dizzying turn, with a number of “indicative votes” defeated in the House of Commons. On the same day, Theresa May also stated that she would resign he...Read More


EU Updates Tax Heaven Blacklist of Non-cooperative Tax Jurisdictions: Hong Kong Is De-listed As a Result of Successful Delivery of Reforms

26 March 2019

On 12 March 2019, EU finance ministers updated the EU’s list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions otherwise also known as the EU tax havens blacklist. As Hong Kong businesses will recall, the first li...Read More


Trade Remedy Issues to Note for Businesses Ahead of Brexit

19 March 2019

On 6 March 2019, the Trade Remedies Investigations Directorate of the UK (“TRID”) announced that it will investigate if new anti-dumping, safeguard and anti-subsidy measures are needed in order to cou...Read More

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