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Trade & Sector NewsGlobal manufacturing growth revives from 1½ year low, but supply shortages and inflationary pressures persist

Worldwide manufacturing growth picked up in February after being subdued to a one-and-a-half year low in January due to the Omicron wave.

Trade & Sector NewsManufacturing output growth supported by stronger demand and fewer delivery delays in February

The Russia-Ukraine war, which also carries the risk of dampening growth, adds fresh fuel to inflation risks.

Trade & Sector NewsInflation Rates Expected to Stay Above Two Per Cent Until the End of 2024

High energy prices, scarcity of raw materials and problems in international supply chains are expected to be the main drivers of this high inflation.

Trade BarriersHow War in Ukraine Threatens the World’s Economic Recovery

Bloomberg Economics examines how the conflict could impact growth, inflation and monetary policy.

Trade BarriersEU restrictive measures in response to the crisis in Ukraine

Package of individual and economic restrictive measures

Trade BarriersEuropean Commission imposes anti-dumping measures on fasteners from China

Duties have been set between 22.1% and 86.5%.

Miscellaneous InformationItaly: Environmental labelling obligation for packaging suspended until 30.6.2022

The environmental labelling obligation for packaging in Italy has been suspended again until 30 June 2022.

Internal MarketBulgaria: Mandatory labeling of packaging

Bulgaria renewed its packaging regulation and introduced extended producer responsibility.

EnvironmentEnvironmental Footprint - February 2022 update

The revision aims at further incentivising the industry to manufacture products that have a better environmental performance.

EnvironmentSustainable Products Initiative

Main aims are the broadening the scope of the Ecodesign Directive beyond energy related products, mandatory requirements for recycled content, information and labelling,…

REACHREACH: Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) February 2022 Update

New intentions to identify a substance of very high concern have been received.

Trade & Sector NewsEU-US-Trade: Stakeholder consultation platform on TTIP

The Commission has launched a consultation platform to collect stakeholder’s input to shape transatlantic cooperation.

StandardisationRecent developments in standardisation - February 2022 Update

The latest SMAART meeting on EU standardisation took place on 3 December 2021.

REACHREACH: Review (February 2022 Update)

The webpage on the REACH Revision is now available.

Intellectual Property RightsUnified Patent Court Agreement enters into force

The unitary patent will strengthen the existing centralised European patent-granting system while lowering maintenance costs and reducing overall complexity for patent…

Intellectual Property RightsNew information hub for European SMEs

The European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has created a centralised information hub for businesses interested in intellectual property aspects.

Trade & Sector NewsSMEs weight in EU’s international trade in goods

In 2019, 99% of importing enterprises in total trade (intra-EU and extra-EU) were small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Trade BarriersSingle Entry Point for difficulties in 3rd-Country-Trade

Discover the first point of contact for all EU stakeholders who are facing market access issues in third countries.

Trade & Sector NewsFree Trade Agreements – Overview January 2022

The article gives an overview on current treaties and FTAs.

Trade & Sector NewsEmployment up, labour market slack down in Q3 2021

Unemployment amounted to 12.9% of the extended labour force aged 20-64 in the third quarter of 2021, down from 13.7% in the second quarter 2021 (-0.8 pp).