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Circular Economy Takes One Step to Fruition with European Parliament Vote

21 April 2017

Hong Kong traders will recall that the European Commission adopted a controversial package of proposed measures, known as the Circular Economy, in December 2015. Since then, a particularly notable ste...Read More


White Paper Issued Presenting Five Possible Scenarios over Future of the EU

7 April 2017

On 1 March 2017, the European Commission presented a White Paper outlining five potential paths the EU might take to re-imagine its future following the departure of the UK. The White Paper was prepar...Read More


Irish Authorities Carry out Inspection on Restricted Chemicals and Survey on Consumers’ Awareness of the CE Mark

24 March 2017

Two recent developments shed light on the importance that Irish enforcement authorities place on ensuring products comply with EU safety laws. First, the Health and Safety Authority of Ireland (HSA) h...Read More


European Parliament Approves CETA: Path Paved for Increased Canadian Competition on EU Market

10 March 2017

On 15 February 2017, after nearly five years and four months of negotiations, the European Parliament gave its final approval to the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU an...Read More


Commission Adopts Guidelines for Self-regulation Measures Concluded by Industry

24 Feb 2017

The European Commission has issued guidelines for self-regulation measures concluded by industry (the Guidelines), under Directive 2009/125/EC establishing a framework for the setting of ecodesign req...Read More


Commission Publishes Strategy on the EU's Customs Union

10 Feb 2017

On 21 December 2016, the European Commission published a long-term strategic plan to improve the management of the EU’s Customs Union. The Commission’s vision is presented in a Communication to the Eu...Read More


Twenty Year Old EU-Turkey Customs Union May Get a Facelift

27 Jan 2017

On 21 December 2016, the European Commission announced that it has asked the European Council for a mandate to enter into negotiations with Turkey with a view to modernising the existing EU-Turkey Cus...Read More


New Proposals Published with a View to Modernising VAT for Online Sales

13 Jan 2017

On 1 December 2016, the European Commission presented a set of legislative proposals modernising the current VAT rules that apply to e-commerce activities. Once adopted, the new measures may prove to ...Read More


Latest Official Report Published on Counterfeit Goods Entering EU Borders

28 Oct 2016

On 23 September 2016, the European Commission published a new Report entitled “EU customs enforcement of intellectual property rights: results at the EU border 2015”. Highlighted in the report is the ...Read More


European Commission Alarmed at Possible Uneven Playing Field in E-commerce Sector for Wide Variety of Consumer Goods

14 Oct 2016

On 15 September 2016, the European Commission published a preliminary report of its e-commerce sector inquiry which was launched in May 2015. The Commission’s antitrust officials began to investigate ...Read More


EU Law on Protection of “Trade Secrets” to be Implemented EU-wide by Mid-2018

30 Sept 2016

A new EU law, namely, Directive 2016/943/EU on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets) against their unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure, has been publishe...Read More


Negative Reaction to the Commission’s “Endocrine Disruptors” Package

15 Sept 2016

On 3 August 2016, the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) warned that the Commission’s criteria for the identification of endocrine disruptors are insufficient and therefore inadequate to prote...Read More


Report Published on Progress of the EU’s Strategy and Action Plan for Customs Risk Management

2 Sept 2016

On 19 July 2016, the European Commission published its ‘Progress Report on the implementation of the EU Strategy and Action Plan for customs risk management’ (the Progress Report). When the EU Council...Read More


Brexit: Consequences on REACH and Other EU Environmental Laws for the UK

22 July 2016

Hong Kong traders, regardless of sector, may have been left reeling by the British referendum to leave the EU; the environmental law sector is no exception. The full impact of the referendum result wi...Read More


Commission Updates Guidance on Unfair Commercial Practices

8 July 2016

On 25 May 2016, the European Commission published a draft updated guidance document to clarify the application of the EU’s Unfair Commercial Practices Directive (UCPD) 2005/29/EC. The UCPD protects co...Read More


Commission Proposes E-Commerce Legislation Package

24 June 2016

On 25 May 2016, the European Commission presented a three-pronged package aimed at promoting e-commerce across the EU. The proposed legislation is intended to advance three goals....Read More


European Commission Presents Measures to Modernise VAT in the EU

27 May 2016

On 7 April 2016, the European Commission presented an Action Plan containing strategies on how to develop the current Value Added Tax (“VAT”) system in the EU. Hong Kong traders may like to know that ...Read More


Toys are Most Notified Among Dangerous Consumer Products According to Latest RAPEX Report

13 May 2016

On 25 April 2016, the European Commission published the results of the Rapid Alert System (the RAPEX system) for dangerous consumer products in 2015. The results have shown that over 2000 dangerous co...Read More


Removing Online Commercial Restrictions Could Have Long Term Negative Effects on Consumers: EU Investigation Ongoing

29 April 2016

Hong Kong manufacturers and retailers that increasingly use e-commerce may know that their contracts with EU companies may contain vertical restraints on online distribution. Competition authorities a...Read More


EU Re-approval of Controversial Herbicide Glyphosate Postponed Due to Disagreements Among Member States, Other Stakeholders

15 April 2016

Hong Kong traders may recall that the current EU approval period for notoriously well-known herbicide glyphosate is coming to an end. Despite the controversy and divisions among Europe’s decision-make...Read More

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