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Circular Economy Package Adopted, While Product Obsolescence Remains in Spotlight for Shaping of Future Laws

15 June 2018

On 22 May 2018, EU Member State ministers voting within the Council adopted the much-touted Circular Economy Package which will apply throughout the European Union. Earlier, on 18 April 2018, the Pack...Read More

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Proposed EU Law Focuses on Collective Representative Actions on Behalf of Wronged Consumers

1 June 2018

On 11 April 2018, the European Commission published a new proposed Directive on representative actions for the protection of the collective interests of consumers. Hong Kong sellers will appreciate th...Read More

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Proposed EU Law to Regulate Online Retailer Platforms with a View to Benefiting Small Businesses in Particular

18 May 2018

On 26 April 2018, the European Commission announced that it has proposed new rules for online platforms, with a view to providing businesses, including small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), with ...Read More

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Product Safety: Toys Are Among Other Consumer Goods Which Top the List of Dangerous Products Detected in the EU

20 April 2018

On 12 March 2018, the European Commission released its 2017 Report on the Rapid Alert System (the RAPEX system) for dangerous products. RAPEX is a system whereby European countries are able to alert o...Read More

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Overview of EU Sanctions Against Russia, Taking into Account the Possibility of Making Investments There

6 April 2018

During the month of March 2018, the UK and several other EU Member States (in solidarity with the UK) have expelled Russian diplomats over the attack on a former spy, Sergei Skripal, on UK territory. ...Read More

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Microplastic Particles in Products: ECHA Calls for Evidence Concerning Intentional Uses

23 March 2018

Upon request of the European Commission, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is currently conducting an investigation into microplastic particles (also known as microbeads) intentionally added to or ...Read More

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Adoption of New European Plastics Strategy to Affect the Way Plastic Products are Designed, Produced, Used, and Recycled

9 March 2018

On 27 February 2018, EU Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella undertook to put forth a legislative proposal restricting single-use plastics, with a view to fulfilment of one of the main aims of the E...Read More

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Highest EU Court Rules in Favour of Restrictions on the Use of Internet Platforms for “Luxury” Goods

23 Feb 2018

On 6 December 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the ECJ or the Court) handed down its judgment in the notorious Coty case. The Court ruled that producers of luxury goods can restrict i...Read More

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EU Member States Revise Identification Criteria for “Endocrine Disruptors”; Could Lead to Future Restriction of Substances in Consumer Goods

9 Feb 2018

A Commission delegated Regulation setting out scientific criteria for the determination of endocrine-disrupting properties under the Biocidal Products Regulation will become applicable on 7 June 2018....Read More

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Study of Environmental Impact of Nanosilver in Consumer Products

26 Jan 2018

On 20 December 2017, the European Commission reported on a study about the environmental impact of silver nanoparticles released from 15 commonly used consumer products. Hong Kong manufacturers may be...Read More

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Online Sales and the Case of “Parallel Imports” in the EU

12 Jan 2018

Hong Kong businesses can sell their products online and thereby have a worldwide reach. However, if branded products have not been authorised for sale in the EU or the European Economic Area (EEA – i....Read More

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German Authorities Organise Annual “Blue Angel Campaign Day” to Help Consumers Make “Greener” Purchasing Decisions

15 Dec 2017

On 25 October 2017, the German Federal Environment Ministry, the German Federal Environment Agency and two independent label-awarding agencies jointly organised an annual “Blue Angel campaign day”. So...Read More

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EU-wide Tax Havens Blacklist Expected by End of 2017

1 Dec 2017

On 7 November 2017, European Union finance ministers demanded that a common blacklist of tax havens be drawn up for approval by December, due to what they see as tax avoidance by the so-called rich an...Read More

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Swedish Chemicals Agency Monitors Hazardous Effects of Bisphenols, Alongside New Investigation into Potential Hazards in Rubber, Silicon and Paper

17 Nov 2017

On 31 August 2017, the Swedish Chemicals Agency (the SCA) released a report which identifies 37 bisphenols used in products on the European market, which may have endocrine disrupting properties. Bisp...Read More

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European Consumer Organisation Calls for Ambitious EU Rules to Prevent Toxic Chemicals Entering the Circular Economy

3 Nov 2017

Hong Kong traders may be interested to learn that, on 7 August 2017, the Bureau Européen des Unions de Consommateurs (“BEUC”), a leading EU consumer group, issued its response to a European Commission...Read More

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European Parliament Calls for Action with Regard to Publication of Economic Operators’ Customs Data and Product Origin Labelling

20 Oct 2017

On 12 September 2017, the European Parliament adopted a resolution which examines the impact of international trade and the EU’s trade policies on global value chains. The communication aims at increa...Read More

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EU Publishes Report on Serious Risks Detected in Relation to Food, Feed and Food Contact Materials EU-wide

6 Oct 2017

The European Commission has recently published extended data and charts of the issues notified to the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) during 2016, while the RASFF 2016 annual report is be...Read More

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German Body Imposes €10.9 Million Fine for Vertical Price-fixing in the Clothing Industry

8 Sept 2017

On 25 July 2017, the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) fined Wellensteyn, a producer best known for its outdoor jackets, and Peek&Cloppenburg, a retailer based in Düsseldorf, for a competition infrin...Read More

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Report Reveals Customs Authorities Detained More Than 41 Million Fake and Counterfeit Products at EU Borders in 2016

11 Aug 2017

On 20 July 2017, the European Commission published the results of customs actions taken at the EU’s external borders during 2016. The report contains statistical information about the detentions made ...Read More

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Evaluation of Future Legal Effects and Commercial Dealings for Hong Kong Exporters Due to Brexit

28 July 2017

Hong Kong businesses should monitor developments in certain areas of legal uncertainty which have arisen following Britain’s official triggering of Article 50 on 29 March 2017. This action officially ...Read More

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