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European Commission Warms to Ideas about Future of Carbon Border Measure

12 Dec 2019

As recently reported, upcoming officials of the European Commission (“Commission”) have manifested their interest in taking measures to address imports with high carbon content and the so-called “carb...Read More


New European Commission Sets Ambitious Targets for Attaining Progressive Environmental Policy

11 Dec 2019

Late last month, the European Parliament (“Parliament”) confirmed Ursula von der Leyen as President of the European Commission (“Commission”) along with her team of 26 Commissioners. The first woman e...Read More


European Environment Agency Publishes Report on the Place of Textiles Within the Circular Economy

4 Dec 2019

On 19 November 2019, the European Environmental Agency (the EEA) published its report on “Textiles and the environment in a circular economy”, presenting the latest evidence on environmental and clima...Read More


Pressure Increases for EU to Adopt Colour-coded Nutrition Food Labels

3 Dec 2019

The European Union is increasingly facing calls to introduce the so-called Nutri-Score label for food packaging. The Nutri-Score label was first introduced in France and sets out a five-letter colour-...Read More


Changmao Biochemical Engineering Co. Ltd Appeals Court Judgment on EU Imposition of Anti-dumping Measures

19 Nov 2019

In an anti-dumping case likely to be of interest to Hong Kong traders with commercial activities in mainland China, Changmao Biochemical Engineering Co. Ltd (“Changmao”) appealed a judgement of the Ge...Read More


Studies by Environmentalists and NGOs Reveal High Levels of Toxic Substances in Plastic Toys

7 Nov 2019

Last month, Genon Jensen, founder and executive director of the Health and Environment Alliance (“HEAL”), reported on the results of the tests conducted by HEAL and the NGOs Arnika and IPEN on over 50...Read More


EU Calls on Companies to Prepare for New Information Requirements Regarding Nanomaterials

6 Nov 2019

The European Chemicals Agency (“ECHA”) has published a news item calling on companies to prepare for the new requirements under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals...Read More


EU Institutions and Private Companies Make Efforts to Reduce Plastics

5 Nov 2019

EU institutions such as the European Commission (“Commission”), and private companies have pledged efforts and made commitments to reduce the amount of plastic waste in the EU. On the one hand, the Co...Read More


New EU Report Published on Counterfeit Goods, Including Toys and Clothing, Entering the EU

11 Oct 2019

The European Commission has released figures showing the increasing number of interceptions of fake goods entering the EU due to the rising number of small parcels, express and postal traffic. The rep...Read More


The EU’s Data Protection Rules: European Commission Takes Stock of Results Achieved So Far Under the GDPR

27 Sept 2019

The European Commission has presented a Communication to the European Parliament and Council on the application of the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation 2016/679, more commonly known as t...Read More


Action Proposed for Re-use of Waste Electronics, Furniture and Other Leisure Items

19 Sept 2019

On 29 August 2019, the European Commission released a news alert drawing attention to a German study regarding the potential to re-use waste electric and electronic equipment (WEEE), furniture and lei...Read More


Ireland’s Former Environment and Community Minister Nominated as the New EU Trade Commissioner

17 Sept 2019

On 10 September 2019, the European Commission’s president-elect Ursula von der Leyen presented her team of 26 commissioners at a press conference in Brussels. The proposed commissioners are expected t...Read More


EU Stresses Need for Greater Focus on Microplastic Particles After New Alarming Study

3 Sept 2019

The EU has expressed concerns over the presence of microplastics in aquatic environments following the outcome of a recent study. The study aimed at exploring the potential sources of these microplast...Read More


Penalty of €250,000 Imposed by French Authority for Online Sales Restrictions

16 Aug 2019

It has been announced that the French Competition Authority (the “FCA”) has imposed a fine of EUR 250,000 on Trek Bicycle Corporation and its subsidiary Bikeurope B.V. (together “Bikeurope”) for havin...Read More


European Citizens Call for the Ban of All Single-use Plastic Products in Europe

13 Aug 2019

On 29 July 2019, Commission Decision 2019/1268 on the proposed citizens' initiative entitled ‘Let's put an end to the era of plastic in Europe’ was published in the Official Journal of the EU. It is n...Read More


French Government Proposes Anti-waste and Circular Economy Law Covering Numerous Consumer Goods

26 July 2019

On 10 July 2019, the French Government presented an ambitious proposal for an “anti-waste” and circular economy law (the Law Proposal) to France’s Council of Ministers. The Law Proposal is divided int...Read More


Chinese Company Loses Anti-dumping Appeal; Important Issues Raised That Could Have Impact on Other Cases

17 July 2019

On 28 June 2019, the General Court of the EU dismissed the application lodged by Chinese sweetener producer Changmao Biochemical Engineering against dumping tariffs imposed by the EU on its products. ...Read More


EU Clarifies Interest Rate in Cases of Reimbursement of Duties Relating to Trade Defence Measures

15 July 2019

On 4 July 2019, a Notice on the payment of interest in the case of reimbursement of duties relating to trade defence measures was published in the Official Journal. The Notice is relevant where, for e...Read More


EU Extends Trade Defence Rules to the Continental Shelf and the Exclusive Economic Zones of Its Member States

11 July 2019

On 2 July 2019, the EU published a new Regulation establishing a customs tool to implement the application and collection of anti-dumping and/or countervailing duties on certain goods in the continent...Read More


Chemicals in Consumer Goods Could See Broader Shift Towards Increased Restrictions Under New “Group Approach”

10 July 2019

Hong Kong traders involved in the manufacturing of non-stick coatings, plastic casings, electronic displays and the production of food and feed may like to take note of three recent European regulator...Read More

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