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Sanctions Update: Russia

The EU adopted further sanctions against Russia on Friday.  Leaving to one side the political aspects, from a purely commercial level, for companies subject only to EU jurisdiction (as compared to those subject to EU and US measures) the current EU sanctions are unlikely to have any direct commercial impact.

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EU UPDATE: EU Adopts Sanctions on Ukraine (20 February 2014)

The EU has responded directly to the worsening situation in Ukraine by agreeing "as a matter of urgency to introduce targeted sanctions including asset freeze and visa ban against those responsible for human rights violations, violence and use of excessive force. Member States agreed to suspend export licences on equipment which might be used for internal repression and reassess export licences for equipment covered by Common Position 2008/944/CFSP".

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EU UPDATE: European Parliament Approves New Public Procurement Directives

The European Parliament approved on Wednesday the proposal for new Directives on Public Procurement, reaching a further step in the ongoing modernisation process of the rules on Public Procurement.
 
The new Directives on public procurement and concession contracts will repeal the current rules as set forth respectively in Directives 2004/17/EC and 2004/18/EC.
 
The next steps include approval by the Council. If approved without amendments, they will be published in the Official Journal and will enter into force 20 days following its publication.

See article by Peter Trepte in our eBook on Public Procurement which can be downloaded here.

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EU UPDATE: New York State Bar Association - Whistleblowing

On 14 October Davide Rovetta will join a panel of speakers at a joint Law Society- NYSBA conference to discuss international developments in laws applicable to whistleblowing.

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EU UPDATE: Public Procurement – GPA - UNCITRAL

Peter Gjortler was a speaker at the IBC Annual EU Public Procurement conference in Brussels on 26 September.

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EU UPDATE: Laura Beretta Speaking at ERA Annual Conference on EU Trade Law

At the ERA Annual Trade Law Conference in Brussels on 1 October 2013, Laura Beretta will give a presentation on The New EU Regulation on Generalised System of Preferences.

Link to conference information here.

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EU UPDATE: New Concessions Directive

Alongside the revision of the procurement directives, the Parliament is in the final stages of approving a new directive regulating the award of concessions. The latest consolidated proposal from September can be found on the Parliament’s website at the following link
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/committees/en/imco/subject-files.html?id=20120214CDT38041#menuzone

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EU UPDATE: Revision of the EU Procurement Directives

This fundamental change to the directives is now largely agreed and expected to be adopted in January 2014. The latest consolidated proposals for the directives from September can be found on the Parliament’s website at the following link:
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/committees/en/imco/subject-files.html?id=20120214CDT38033#menuzone

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EU Sanctions & Export Control: GCO Contributes to ABA Handbook of Export Controls & Economic Sanctions

The American Bar Association’s Section of International Law has published a “Handbook of Export Controls & Economic Sanctions”.  The editors are Paul Lalonde (Heenan Blaikie) and Kay Georgi (Arent Fox).

Although principally focussing on the position under US and Canadian rules, John Grayston was invited to contribute a chapter on “Re-export Controls - Intersection of EU and U.S. measures”.

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EU Sanctions & Export Control: WorldECR Journal Brussels Focus Edition

The WorldECR journal of export controls and sanctions has published a focus edition on export control activities in Brussels and some of its  export control lawyers.

It can be downloaded from here: http://www.worldecr.com/wp-content/uploads/WorldECR-Brussels-Focus.pdf

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EU Sanctions & Export Control: Conference

John Grayston will be speaking at the WorldECR conference on sanctions and export control in London in November 2013.  He will talk on how the EU will shape a new export control regime.

Full details of the conference are at: http://www.worldecr.com/conference/

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EU Customs: EU General Court Stops Direct Action to Contest the Legality of Tariff Classification Regulations

The General Court of the European Union in two parallel cases has ruled that the proper forum to challenge EU customs classification regulations is via the national courts and tribunals of EU Member States and not by direct action before the European Courts.   National courts can always refer any specific EU issues to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

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GCO EXPANDS - Dr. Laura Beretta joins GCO as an International Trade Advisor

We are delighted to announce that Laura Beretta has agreed to join GCO as an International Trade Advisor.

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EU UPDATE: 1 July 2013

Republika Hrvatska (Republic of Croatia), today officially becomes the 28th Member State of the EU.

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EU UPDATE: Export Control – Dual Use – National Measures

Almost all goods controlled in the EU as dual use are controlled as a result of EU Regulation 428/2009.  Certain goods can also be controlled at EU level for exports to specific third countries due to EU sanctions against those countries.

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EU UPDATE: International Bar Association « Tigers and Dragons » Conference in New Delhi

John Grayston and Peter Trepte are speaking at the International Bar Association conference «Dancing with Tigers and Dragons» in New Delhi (31 January – 2 February 2013).

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EU UPDATE - EU Customs - Retroactivity

Davide Rovetta co-authored an article in the current edition of Global Trade Customs Journal Vol. 7 Issue 11/12  on the highly contentious issue of the retroactivity of Tariff Explanatory Notes and Tariff Classification Regulations.

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EU UPDATE: Iran Sanctions Extended

The EU has adopted further restrictive measures against Iran, matching new measures adopted by the USA.

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EU UPDATE: EU Customs: EU-Israel Preferential Trade

Based on the arrangement between the EU and Israel for the implementation of the Protocol 4 to the EU-Israel Association Agreement, all preferential documents EUR. 1 and invoice declarations issued or made out in Israel have to show the postal code and the name of the city, village or industrial zone where production conferring originating status has been performed. The situation is the same for movement certificates EUR-Med and invoice declarations EUR-Med that may be issued or made out in Israel for the export to the EU.

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EU UPDATE: Anti Dumping China

Following the EU's confirmation that it will implement the recommendations of the DSU in DS397 - Steel Fasteners from China, the EU has published amendments to the Basic Regulation which take effect as of today, 6 September 2012.

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