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Miscellaneous InformationUpcoming “Data Act”

The upcoming Data Act is expected to be presented during the third or fourth quarter of 2021.

REACHREACH Authorisation on chromium trioxide: July 2021 update

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has received over 1 000 notifications from industrial sites using chromium trioxide in chrome plating and surface treatment in the…

BrexitEU – UK (Brexit): July 2021 update

After the end of the 6-month transition period on 30 June 2021, the Northern Ireland protocol is now due to be fully implemented.

StandardisationRoadmap for Standardisation Strategy

The roadmap acknowledges the strengths of the European Standardisation System.

The Board informsCEO-Bulletin 1-2021

The current CEO Bulletin contains the CEO-Situation & Trend Report 4/2020 (including Business Barometer) as well as the CEO Foreign Trade Statistics 2020.

Miscellaneous InformationLegislative Update July 2021

The following developments on EU regulations should be noted.

Trade & Sector NewsAccessories tools for powertools: Professional Association warns against monoculture and dependence

Independent accessory manufacturers see competitive disadvantages vis-à-vis large corporations.

Trade BarriersPublic consultation on the mid-term evaluation of the Union Customs Code (UCC)

The consultation is open until 19th July.

Industry 4.0Digital Policy - June 2021 update

The European Commission presented a “package” of documents related to Artificial Intelligence.

Trade & Sector NewsFree Trade Agreements – overview June 2021

The article gives an overview on current treaties and FTAs.

Consumer GoodsHow the EU aims to boost consumer protection

The European Parliament has published a report on How the EU aims to boost consumer protection.

Intellectual Property RightsPatent drafting and its importance for patent protection

While most patent applicants are well informed about the filing process, there seems to be lack of awareness about how important patent drafting is.

Intellectual Property RightsNew online magazine "Patent Knowledge News"

It will feature news, updates and facts relating to patent knowledge.

Trade & Sector NewsThe future of manufacturing in Europe

The Future of Manufacturing in Europe (FOME) is an explorative and future-oriented study and a pilot project proposed by the European Parliament.

Construction Product Regulation (CPR)First results of the public consultation

The first results of the public consultation on the revision of the Construction Products Regulation were recently made available.

Trade & Sector NewsCETA factsheet and guides: April 2021 update

Find out more about the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

Intellectual Property RightsCounterfeit remains top priority for EU’s efforts in intellectual property protection

The European Commission published its biennial report on the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) in third countries.

Machine DirectiveProposal for a revision of the Machinery Directive

The European Commission (EC) has tabled a proposal for a revision of the Machinery Directive.

Trade & Sector NewsCountry fact sheets for the construction industry

The European construction sector observatory (ECSO) profiles the construction industry in the 27 EU countries and the UK, and produces detailed country fact sheets (CFS)…

DIYSales in German home improvement stores up by 14 per cent during 2020

DIY stores in Germany increased their sales in 2020 by 13.8 per cent compared with the previous year to EUR 22.14 bn.