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Trade & Sector NewsContraction in eurozone productivity eases during March

In March 2021, he overall rate of contraction softened and was only slight, supported by a stronger expansion at goods producers and a slower reduction at services…

DIYGerman associations warn of rising prices in DIY and garden sector

The accident involving the containership “Ever Given” and the associated blockade of the Suez Canal have exacerbated a development that poses major challenges for…

Trade BarriersUnion Customs Code (UCC): New advance cargo risk management platform

In its first phase, ICS2 will focus on postal and express consignments coming to or through the EU by air, before eventually being applied to all modes of cargo…

Trade & Sector NewsEurozone productivity falls for fourth successive month in February

Eurozone private sector productivity decreased for the fourth month running in February, but the pace of contraction eased and was moderate.

Trade & Sector NewsEurozone construction activity continues to fall in February

Eurozone construction firms reported a sustained downturn in activity during February.

Trade & Sector NewsGlobal Business Outlook: Vaccine progress lifts global business confidence

At +32 %, up from +26% in October 2020, the business activity net balance indicated the strongest degree of optimism in three years.

Trade & Sector NewsFebruary 2021: Fastest growth of eurozone manufacturing sector for three years

The eurozone’s manufacturing economy performed strongly in February as operating conditions improved to the greatest degree for three years.

Industry 4.0Artificial Intelligence: March 2021 update

While a legislative proposal on Artificial Intelligence (AI) is expected during the first quarter of 2021, the European Commission gave an update of the current status of…

Trade BarriersEU and U.S. agree to suspend all tariffs linked to the Airbus and Boeing disputes

On 5th March, the EU and U.S. agreed to suspend all retaliatory tariffs on EU and U.S. exports imposed in the Airbus and Boeing disputes for a four-month period.

Trade & Sector NewsMarket access offers of the EU-China investment agreement

The Commission has published the schedules of commitments agreed under the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI), concluded in principle on 30 December…

New Legislative Framework (NLF)Blue Guide March 2021 update

The European Commission has embarked on the evaluation of the New Legislative Framework (NLF).

Consumer GoodsNew Consumer Agenda

The European Commission has launched a New Consumer Agenda to empower European consumers to play an active role in the green and digital transitions.

Internal MarketDigital Single Market

The European Commission presented a set of proposals reforming the EU Digital Internal Market: a comprehensive set of new rules for all digital services, including social…

Trade & Sector NewsStrong EU trade enforcement rules enter into force

Robust new trade enforcement rules have entered into force that will further strengthen the EU’s toolbox in defending its interests.

Trade BarriersDual-use items: interinstitutional agreement approved

The reviewed rules will govern the export of dual-use goods (software and technology such as high-performance computers, drones and certain chemicals that can have…

Waste DirectiveFrance: “Triman” product label in force

Besides the Green Dot and the “crossed-out garbage can”, the Triman Logo is probably the most important recycling symbol in e-commerce.

Trade BarriersEU Single Window Environment for Customs

The objective is to modernise and streamline customs controls, notably by making it easier for different authorities involved in goods clearance to exchange electronic…

Trade & Sector NewsEU – US: January 2021 update

Ahead of the next EU-US Summit in the first half of 2021, the European Commission and High Representative have put forward a proposal for a new, forward-looking…

Trade & Sector NewsEU – China: January 2021 update

On 30th December 2020, The EU and China concluded in principle the negotiations for a Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI).

REACHREACH Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC): February 2021 update

The EU’s General Court ruled on 16 December 2020 that the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) was correct to determine that the widely-used endocrine disruptor bisphenol A…