Social & human rights

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 Social & human rights United States & TTIP

TACD says yes to regulatory cooperation – but not in TTIP

With noises in the background indicating that Washington and Brussels are hoping to revive the currently halted TTIP negotiations, a fresh position paper released by the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue, a network of over 75 US and EU consumer organisations, has chipped into the process, arguing that in light of “vanishing citizens’ trust in trade …

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 …

Social & human rights South Asia & ASEAN

Commission offers to reinstate Sri Lanka GSP+ status conditional on further human rights scrutiny

The European Commission has proposed on 11 January to grant Sri Lanka the Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP +) status, the benefits of which had been temporarily withdrawn from the country in 2010. This exclusion followed an investigation’s findings that had flagged serious flaws in Sri Lanka’s implementation of three UN human rights …

Social & human rights South Asia & ASEAN

GSP Plus – Philippines, Pakistan and Sri Lanka under EU scrutiny

The EU will examine three countries under its GSP Plus scheme in early December: the Philippines, Pakisan and Sri Lanka.   The Philippines have come into the crosshairs of those concerned about recently elected  president Duterte’s human rights track record. Duterte’s ordering of extra-judicial killings in a bloody crack-down on drugs-related crime has raised …

Social & human rights

Conflict minerals sourcing due diligence to become mandatory by 2021

The Council, the Commission and the European Parliament have reached a ‘political’ agreement on the shape of a long-awaited EU regulation aiming at eliminating minerals such as gold, tantalum and tungsten from war torn-regions (for example in Central Africa) from European companies’ supply chains.   In 2014, the Parliament sent back to …