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EU Domestic Industry Strengthened Through Trade Remedy Measures

9 April 2019

On 27 March 2019, the European Commission presented a Report revealing the strengthening of the EU’s trade defence instruments (TDIs) through major reforms. Since 2014, the EU has applied 95 trade def...Read More

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New EU Law on “New Deal for Consumers”

8 April 2019

On 2 April 2019, the European Parliament and Council of EU Member States arrived at a provisional agreement on an EU Directive for tougher consumer protection rules, including regarding their enforcem...Read More

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Regulation Published on the Establishment of a Framework for the Screening of Foreign Direct Investments into the EU

2 April 2019

On 10 April 2019, Regulation 2019/452 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a framework for the screening of foreign direct investments into the Union will enter into force. Howev...Read More

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Swedish Agency Publishes Results of Sweeping Consumer Product Investigations

28 March 2019

The Swedish Chemicals Agency (SCA) has published the results of two investigations into a total of 335 consumer products. The first investigation concerned an inspection of 115 advertisement products ...Read More

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UK Report Finds Fashion Industry Unsustainable and Suggests Extended Producer Responsibility Scheme

25 March 2019

The UK’s Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) recently presented a report on the sustainability of clothing, finding that the fashion industry’s current business model is unsustainable, with over-consu...Read More

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Public Consultation Launched, Seeking Feedback, with a View to Evaluating EU Law on Food Contact Materials

5 March 2019

The Commission’s notice initiating the consultation notes that food contact materials (FCMs) are all materials that come into contact with food, including packaging, kitchenware and tableware, and the...Read More

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Sweden Investigates E-commerce Consumer Goods Including Toys and Jewellery

25 Feb 2019

The Swedish Chemicals Agency (SCA) has undertaken a first of its kind investigation into electronic products, toys and jewellery sold via e-commerce marketplaces. It announced that its report of Decem...Read More

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ECHA Urged to Follow Through with Database of Products Containing Hazardous Substances

18 Feb 2019

By 5 January 2020, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is mandated to establish a database of articles that contain so-called Candidate List substances and make this information available to waste tr...Read More

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Restriction Proposed Regarding Intentionally Added Microplastics

12 Feb 2019

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced on 30 January 2019 that it has submitted a “restriction proposal” for microplastic particles that are intentionally added to mixtures used by consumers o...Read More

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Google Fined Extraordinary Amount by French Authority for Breaching Data Protection Rules

8 Feb 2019

On 21 January 2019, the French Data Protection Authority (Commission Nationale Informatique et Liberté – the CNIL) imposed a fine of EUR 50 million on Google for infringing General Data Protection Reg...Read More

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European Parliament Publishes Briefing on the Environmental Impact of the Textile and Clothing Industry

1 Feb 2019

On 7 January 2019, the European Parliament published a briefing on the Environmental impact of the textile and clothing industry. The briefing outlines the functioning of the textile and clothing indu...Read More

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EU Agency Starts Enforcement Programme on REACH Compliance

22 Jan 2019

Earlier in January 2019, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and national customs officials started an EU-wide enforcement programme to check if importers and manufacturers comply with registration o...Read More

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EU and Japan Seal ‘EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement’ Deal

15 Jan 2019

The parties to the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement aim to improve trade in goods and services as well as to create opportunities for investment. This agreement will further improve the positio...Read More

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High Non-compliance with REACH Registration Requirements Denounced

2 Jan 2019

According to an announcement from the influential EU non-governmental organisation known as the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), “companies are breaking EU law by marketing hundreds of potentially...Read More

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Potential EU Trade Measures Affecting Imports from Cambodia and Myanmar

18 Dec 2018

Hong Kong traders may like to know that certain or all products, excluding arms and ammunition, which originate in Cambodia or Myanmar and which currently benefit from tariff-free access when imported...Read More

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Digital Services Tax Still Controversial Among EU Finance Ministers

30 Nov 2018

As Hong Kong readers may recall, two proposed Directives were tabled in March 2018 by the European Commission. The Commission proposed EU-wide changes to taxation, mainly due to the seemingly dispropo...Read More

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German Voluntary Ecolabel “Blue Angel” for Consumer Products Including Electronics, Textiles, Toys and Shoes Celebrates 40th Anniversary

26 Nov 2018

Hong Kong sellers familiar with the German market may already know that the product label “Blue Angel” aims to provide reliable guidance to consumers when it comes to making more environmentally frien...Read More

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Fashion Industry Works Towards “Closing the Loop” in a Circular Economy

13 Nov 2018

In addition to setting out new requirements, the Package also offers benefits to businesses. Business benefits include cost savings from reused materials as well as new business models generated by pr...Read More

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Parliamentary Committee to Vote Next Month on EU Regulatory Proposal Targeting Platforms and Online Search Engines

5 Nov 2018

The proposed P2B Regulation comes amidst increased scrutiny of the activities of platforms and online search engines in the EU. In particular, the use by platforms of data that is generated by transac...Read More

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EU Governments Endorse New Action Plan to Combat Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights

16 Oct 2018

On 9 October 2018, in order to combat infringements of intellectual property rights (“IPR”), the EU governments represented in the Council of the European Union approved a new EU customs action plan c...Read More

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