Regulations

Regulations Social & human rights

Dual use: Parliament draft report expands scope of Commission plans

The first draft of the European Parliament’s report on the EU’s current plans to overhaul its 2009 dual use export regulation goes further than the Commission’s initial proposals. The new dual use export control policy of the EU will expand export licensing requirements for certain technologies to situations where exports could …

Energy & Environment Regulations

‘Unsustainable’ palm oil: MEPs call for regulation, product discrimination

The European Parliament adopted by an overwhelming majority a legally non binding report that calls on the EU to introduce regulation to curtail imports of palm oil whose production does not meet international environmental and social sustainability criteria.   Drafted by Czech MEP Katerina Konecna (GUE/NL) from the environment committee, …

Regulations

EU moves closer to new dual-use export regulation

The Commission has tabled a final regulatory proposal to update its current so-called ‘dual-use’ export legislation.   The rules aim to avoid that high tech industrial products are exported to governments or sold to organisations that could misuse the products to produce weapons of mass destruction, commit terrorist acts, or engage in human rights violations. The …

Conflict Minerals

‘Political agreement’ over conflict minerals regulation reached – Slovak presidency to take over

Sustainability has been the leitmotiv of the Dutch Council presidency’s trade agenda during the first half of 2016. The Netherlands has set its priority on achieving compromise with fellow member states, the Commission and the Parliament on a regulation that aims to exclude tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold produced in …