The EU has increasingly been implementing within the framework of its Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), besides the binding Resolutions of the United Nations Security Council, its own autonomous restrictive measures or sanctions.
The EU Council has adopted a further set of additional restrictions on trade with Syria which now includes a ban on trade in luxury goods. This is the thirteenth addition to EU sanctions with Syria adopted since the start of 2011.
As expected on 23 April the EU resolved to suspend all sanctions against Myanmar with the exception of those concerning exports of military goods.
The EU Commission's anti-trust officials accompanied by their national counterparts carried out simultaneous dawn raids on Tuesday morning (27/09/2011) across the EU. The number of locations reported to have been raided makes this one of DG COMP's largest dawn raid operations to date.
There has been a clear upsurge of antitrust dawn raid activity in the EU since a couple of weeks (map below) in a wide range of sectors. With the summer break over for antitrust officials throughout the EU, now would be a good time to dig up and revise those antitrust dawn raid manuals, in particular the emergency contact details of your company’s listed dawn raid team members.
The Dutch authorities have announced that during autumn 2011 they will be specifically targeting importers and producers of household lighting who will have to prove that their products comply with EU Ecodesign legislation (Directive 2009/125/EC). Failure to prove compliance will result in the products being refused entry onto the EU market and likely prosecution for those involved.
John Grayston has been invited to speak again at this important conference on the impact of EU export controls on doing business in Asia.
Full conference details can be downloaded here: 2nd Singapore Summit on Export Controls Compliance
DG TRADE is organizing a full one day conference to discuss a broad range of dual-use export control issues.
The UK National competition authority - The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) - has published on its website (here) a number of new competition guidance notices for companies doing business in the UK. Although these are geared specifically to the UK market, they concern matters of general application across the EU and can therefore be a valuable resource for all EU compliance programmes.
The provisions of the new TOY SAFETY DIRECTIVE enter into force on 21 July 2011.
Directive 2009/48/EC replaces the existing Toy Safety Directive (Dir 88/378/EEC) and adds a number of additions to the regulatory system which collectively result in stricter rules requiring more detailed compliance.
The UK Bribery Act 2010 comes into force on 1 July 2011 following the publication, at the end of March, of detailed guidelines and intended effects of the Act. In addition separate prosecution guidelines have been published by the Serious Fraud Office which explain when prosecutions are likely. Both documents are of central importance given the very wide scope of coverage of the Act.
G&Co is pleased to be a Sponsor of the ICPA EU Compliance Strategy Conference 2011 which takes place in Brussels on 13-14 June.
Judgement of the European Court of Justice – 14 April 2011.
Pace Plc –v– The Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs
The case concerned the classification of Set Top Boxes (STB) with HDD recording functionality. HMRC had classified these products as directed by a CN Explanatory Note issued in May 2008. Pace’s case was that as the CNEN merely provided guidance but conflicted with the provisions of the CN which is fully binding in law, HMRC should have disregarded the CNEN.