Procurement reciprocity: Caspary report calls for return to full market access suspension

Procurement reciprocity: Caspary report calls for return to full market access suspension

The European Parliament has started working on the EU’s revised so-called ‘IPI’ regulation. Rapporteur Daniel Caspary (EPP, Germany) is not entirely happy with the proposed changes to the EU’s International Procurement Instrument legislation.   The EU is working on a revision of a regulatory proposal initiated in 2012 under then trade commissioner …

Regulations Social & human rights

Dual use: Parliament draft report expands scope of Commission plans

The first draft of the European Parliament’s report on the EU’s current plans to overhaul its 2009 dual use export regulation goes further than the Commission’s initial proposals. The new dual use export control policy of the EU will expand export licensing requirements for certain technologies to situations where exports could …

Energy & Environment Regulations

‘Unsustainable’ palm oil: MEPs call for regulation, product discrimination

The European Parliament adopted by an overwhelming majority a legally non binding report that calls on the EU to introduce regulation to curtail imports of palm oil whose production does not meet international environmental and social sustainability criteria.   Drafted by Czech MEP Katerina Konecna (GUE/NL) from the environment committee, …

Conflict Minerals Social & human rights

Conflict minerals: European Parliament trade committee endorses compromise deal with member states

After eighteen months of back-and-forth between European institutions, a compromise text over a planned ‘conflict minerals’ regulation was endorsed in Parliament today (24 January 2017).   The compromise text was backed by 39 votes in favour. Two MEPs abstained.    The new regulation aims to curb the financing of armed groups in minerals-rich …


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 …