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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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European Commission Sees Need for Action in the Field of Consumer Rights Enforcement and Distance Sales as a Result of EU Consumer Law Review

14 July 2017

On 29 May 2017, the European Commission published its final report on the results of its review of EU consumer law (the Fitness Check). The Fitness Check analyses EU consumer law and suggests improvem...Read More

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EU Pilot Project Compares Environmental Footprint of “Green” Products

30 June 2017

Hong Kong traders may be aware that currently there are over 400 different “green” product labels in use throughout Europe. These labels are based on different methods of certification, without a sing...Read More

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Measures Proposed to Enhance Functioning of the EU’s Single Market; Hong Kong Traders Could Face Less Red Tape When Doing Business in Multiple Member States

16 June 2017

On 2 May 2017, the European Commission adopted a tri-pack of measures designed to make it easier for businesses and persons to manage their paperwork and regulatory compliance efforts online between M...Read More

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Toys Continue to Be Most Notified Among Dangerous Consumer Products

19 May 2017

On 16 March 2017, The European Commission published the results of the EU’s Rapid Alert System (the RAPEX system) for dangerous consumer products in 2016. The results illustrate that over 2000 dangero...Read More

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European Report on Economic Effects of Counterfeit Smart Phones

5 May 2017

The European Observatory on infringements of Intellectual Property Rights – the EUIPO – recently published its report studying the economic effects of counterfeit smart phones in the legitimate sector...Read More

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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