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Updated: trade in the Parliament 21-24 November

The European Parliament is sitting in a plenary session from 21 t0 24 November 2016.  A few agenda highlights:   The Parliament will vote on a package of measures to combat wildlife trafficking on Tuesday (22 November). The report by MEP Catherine Bearder broadly endorses a plan presented by the Commission. It calls …


EU moves closer to new dual-use export regulation

The Commission has tabled a final regulatory proposal to update its current so-called ‘dual-use’ export legislation.   The rules aim to avoid that high tech industrial products are exported to governments or sold to organisations that could misuse the products to produce weapons of mass destruction, commit terrorist acts, or engage in human rights violations. The …

Conflict Minerals

‘Political agreement’ over conflict minerals regulation reached – Slovak presidency to take over

Sustainability has been the leitmotiv of the Dutch Council presidency’s trade agenda during the first half of 2016. The Netherlands has set its priority on achieving compromise with fellow member states, the Commission and the Parliament on a regulation that aims to exclude tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold produced in …