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Week in Brussels: Moldovan plums, forced labour, OECD ministerial

It’s been a dramatic week in the EU as the European Parliament failed to agree on wide-ranging plans to move the EU to net-zero carbon emissions. Votes on the MEPs’ positions on the proposed carbon border adjustment mechanism and a related reform of the EU’s emissions trading scheme were postponed. …

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Corporate due diligence: EU casts wide net of companies, shuns forced labour product ban

The European Commission released its long-awaited proposal obliging companies of a certain size operating in the EU to undertake due diligence across its supply chain covering potential human rights and environmental abuses. In a separate communication on ‘decent work worldwide’, the EU executive announced it was preparing legislation to ban products …

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EU supply chain due diligence legislation contours emerging

The European Commission’s proposal for a regulation on corporate sustainability due diligence looks likely to apply to EU companies with more than 500 employees with a net turnover of more than €150 million in the last financial year. But smaller companies involved in sensitive sectors in matters related to environmental …

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Forced labour: Commission signals “tried and tested” due-diligence-cum-marketing ban approach

The European Commission is planning to incorporate a marketing ban on products produced with forced labour into its coming legislative proposal on sustainable corporate governance, which is expected to be presented mid February. During today’s meeting of the European Parliament’s international trade committee, the Commission’s director general for trade Sabine …

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Week in Brussels: Indonesia, Singapore DAG, LatAm, supply chain due diligence

It’s been quite the busy week on the Brussels trade beat, with, among others, key trade files making headway in the European Parliament’s international trade committee: international procurement and carbon border adjustment. Also the EU, US and Japan revived their legendary ‘non market economy’ trilateral. Here other bits of interesting …

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The travails of an EU supply chain due diligence draft directive

The European Commission proposal for a directive on sustainable corporate governance was due to be published before this summer. But it might not be ready for another few months. It is continuing to cause sleepless nights for industry, whilst supporters see an opportunity for Europe to go further in regulating …

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The EU US Trade and Tech Council – how it’s shaping up

The EU-US Trade and Technology Council was an idea tabled in Brussels and endorsed at the last minute by Washington ahead of their first summit in June 2021. Although it might be postponed, preparations for a meeting that is ultimately expected to go ahead are far advanced. This is what …