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EU Court Annuls Anti-dumping Duties Imposed on Imports of Solar Glass Originating in Mainland China

15 Oct 2019

In an anti-dumping case that is likely to be interest to traders with export interests in mainland China, the General Court of the European Union (“General Court”) has issued a judgment. The judgment ...Read More

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Ecodesign Measures Adopted for Availability of Spare Parts Covering Wide Range of Consumer Goods

8 Oct 2019

On 1 October 2019, the European Commission adopted ten ecodesign implementing regulations, setting out energy efficiency and other requirements for product groups which include refrigerators and elect...Read More

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European Commission to Implement Adjustments to Steel Safeguard Measures

3 Oct 2019

On 27 September 2019, the European Commission confirmed that it will adjust its current steel safeguard measures in accordance with its proposal, communicated on 14 August 2019. Importantly, this deci...Read More

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EU Court Dismisses Action Filed by Zhejiang Jndia Pipeline Industry Co. Ltd Against Anti-dumping Measures

30 Sept 2019

On 19 September 2019 the General Court of the European Union (“General Court”) issued a judgement dismissing an action for annulment filed by Zhejiang Jndia Pipeline Industry Co. Ltd (“Zhejiang Jndia”...Read More

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Denmark to Ban Certain Chemicals Found to Be Harmful in Food Packaging

23 Sept 2019

Denmark is to go ahead with a proposed ban on all organic fluorinated compounds in paper and cardboard food packaging materials in advance of EU-wide action, the country's Ministry of Environment and ...Read More

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New EU Regulation Prevents Imposition of Multiple Trade Remedy Tariffs on Certain Steel Products

10 Sept 2019

On 3 September 2019, a new Regulation was published whereby the European Commission has suspended EU anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures on imports of certain steel products from several countries,...Read More

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French Minister Reveals Plans to Reform VAT Collection in the E-commerce Realm

9 Sept 2019

On 22 August 2019, the French Minister of Public Action and Accounts, Gérald Darmanin, in an interview with the French financial newspaper “Les Échos,” revealed plans to reform the collection of VAT f...Read More

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EU Court Rules on Adidas Three-stripe EU Trademark Used for Clothing, Hats and Shoes

27 Aug 2019

The General Court of the European Union (General Court) has denied the appeal made by Adidas AG (Adidas), the well-known German sportswear manufacturer, to overturn a decision of the Second Board of A...Read More

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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

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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

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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

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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

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EU Extends Current Ecological Criteria for the Granting of the EU Ecolabel for Televisions

22 July 2019

On 3 July 2019, Commission Decision 2019/1134 was published in the EU’s Official Journal, regarding the validity of the ecological criteria for the award of the EU Ecolabel for televisions....Read More

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Top European Court Expands WEEE Definition: Certain Defective Equipment May Be Included

19 July 2019

In a decision dated 4 July 2019, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) ruled that the definition of waste electrical and electronic equipment (“WEEE”) under the WEEE Directive may include defective pr...Read More

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New EU Regulation Strengthens Market Surveillance of EU-made and Imported Products

9 July 2019

Hong Kong exporters may like to be informed that EU Member States will begin strengthening market surveillance of products being imported into the internal market to ensure their compliance with consu...Read More

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RoHS Law Implementation Deadline of 22 July 2019 Introduces Wider Ban of Harmful Chemicals

3 July 2019

On 22 July 2019, an amendment to Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS) is scheduled to enter into effect in a...Read More

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EU Considers Maintaining Anti-dumping Tariffs on Chinese Bicycles for Further Five Years

21 June 2019

The European Commission is currently reviewing the tariffs on bicycles manufactured in mainland China. On 11 June 2019, it was reported that the European Commission is considering extending anti-dumpi...Read More

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EU Law Regulating Single-use Plastic Products Published

19 June 2019

On 12 June 2019, Directive 2019/904 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment was published in the Official Journal of...Read More

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European Commission Speeds Up Review of Steel Import Caps in Response to Calls for Urgent Protection Measures

18 June 2019

The EU’s steel industry is still endangered by the surge in cheap imports and needs urgent measures to ensure that the sector survives, the European Steel Association “Eurofer” has stated. The Europea...Read More

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EU Agency Plans to Increase Compliance Checks of REACH Registration Dossiers

14 June 2019

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA or the “Agency”) has announced plans to increase the percentage of registration dossiers checked for compliance with REACH (Regulation 1907/2006 concerning the Regi...Read More

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