Supply chain due diligence & forced labour

A week in Brussels Chile Latest news Supply chain due diligence & forced labour Switzerland Ukraine

Week in Brussels: Chile, Switzerland, due diligence, forced labour, Ukraine

It was another busy week of voting in Brussels, as lawmakers continued to finalise the remaining legislation before the break for the European Union elections in June. This week also saw the launch of trade negotiations with the Philippines, a provisional agreement on rules governing Ukrainian agriculture imports and a proposal …

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Week in Brussels: Switzerland, forced labour, customs 

This week European Union institutions have been finalising what remains of the bloc’s packed legislative agenda before the elections in June.   The European Parliament approved the inter-institutional agreement on new forced labour legislation and adopted its position on the EU’s proposed new overhaul of its customs regime.   Parliamentarians also ratified …

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Flash: Push to get CSDDD, forced labour regulation over finish line

EU institutions are in a rush to finalise flagship legislation aiming to reduce industrial supply chain exposure to human rights abuses an environmental damages. The Belgian EU presidency hopes to announce an agreement of ambassadors to the EU tomorrow, Friday 8 March on the corpororate sustainability due diligence directive known …

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Week in Brussels: Protecting EU infrastructure, CSDDD, Chile, Kenya, SADC

While the world waits for an outcome to the 13th WTO ministerial conference in Abu Dhabi this week – which has gone overtime – here are other news not so much from Brussels than from Strasbourg.. European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen talked tough on hostile foreign actors being …

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EU member states fail to approve deal on new corporate due diligence rules

EU member states were unable to approve new rules which would oblige businesses to undertake human rights, social and environmental due diligence operations across their global supply chains. It is now unclear whether there is enough time for the council and the parliament to approve the agreement before elections in …

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Week in Brussels: Due diligence, forced labour, Israel, Ukraine, agriculture

The major focus in the trade world is on the WTO’s 13th ministerial conference in two weeks in Abu Dhabi. But in Brussels legislators are still scrambling to conclude the remaining legislative files before the EU elections in June. The EU trade chief this week also had words of warning …

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Week in Brussels: Corporate sustainability due diligence, EU-Canada, MC13

The European Parliament held a plenary session in Strasbourg this week, during which it approved the EU-Angola Sustainable Investment Facilitation Agreement, adopted its position ahead of the 13th WTO ministerial conference, and held a debate on imports of solar panels from China. There was drama on the corporate sustainability due …

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EU forced labour ban legislation makes headway with Council deal

EU member states agreed only hours ago on their joint position on proposed new EU legislation to ban products in the single market that involved forced labour for their production.  The agreement paves the way for inter-institutional trilogue talks with the European Parliament to begin as early as next week. …