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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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Swedish Chemicals Agency Publishes a Report on Hazardous Substances in Consumer Goods

15 Oct 2018

The Swedish Chemicals Agency (SCA) has published a report on the progress of its research programme mapping the prevalence of hazardous substances across a wide range of consumer articles. The researc...Read More

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EU Issues ‘Tax Haven Blacklist’ Update: Hong Kong Makes Progress on Watch-list Commitments

10 Oct 2018

This update concerns the third amendment to the December 2017 Council agreement reached by EU-28 Finance Ministers on the EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions (the “tax haven blacklist”)....Read More

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Judgment in EU Energy Labelling Case Could Have Ramifications for Hong Kong Suppliers of Home Appliance Products

10 Aug 2018

On 25 July 2018, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the CJEU) handed down a ruling on energy labelling, in a case that had been initiated by well-known electronics manufacturer Dyson against ...Read More

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German Court Rules on Selective Distribution Systems Concerning Luxury Cosmetics

27 July 2018

In the recent publication of a ruling dated 6 March 2018, the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf held that Japanese luxury cosmetics manufacturer Kanebo has a valid intellectual property (IP)-based c...Read More

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Three Recent Trademark Cases Covering Electronics, Clothes and Sports Articles Come Under Spotlight

13 July 2018

Hong Kong sellers of a variety of consumer goods, from clothes to electronic items and sports equipment, may be interested in three recent cases regarding trademarks and EU law criteria which must be ...Read More

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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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