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Week in Brussels: G20 and EU statements, alternative WTO appeals, palm oil
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Week in Brussels: G20 and EU statements, alternative WTO appeals, palm oil

This week was ‘virtual summit’ week, with a focus on the global coronavirus pandemic and its dramatic economic fallout. G20 leaders gathered virtually on Thursday and European Union heads of government had very long meeting online last night that almost failed. But capitals still managed a joint statement. There were …

Healthcare: Commission encourages member states to take closer look at firm take-overs
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Healthcare: Commission encourages member states to take closer look at firm take-overs

The European Commission is encouraging member states to actively protect critical medical and healthcare assets. In ‘guidelines’ released on Wednesday night, the EU executive body is seeking to fast-forward the implementation of a regulation on the screening of foreign direct investments that is only due to come into force in …

COVID 19: Switzerland acts European on medical gear, parts of CPTPP to refrain from trade restrictions
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COVID 19: Switzerland acts European on medical gear, parts of CPTPP to refrain from trade restrictions

The Swiss government announced today that it would restrict exports of personal protective gear – gloves, masks, goggles and other items needed to protect against the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The move was made against the background of shortages of such products amidst a surge in cases in the …

Blog: How the EU’s protective medical gear export licensing regime works
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Blog: How the EU’s protective medical gear export licensing regime works

Brussels’ move is such a rare occurrence that it’s worth delving into the details of the European Union’s new export restrictions of protective medical gear introduced following the COVID-19 outbreak on the continent. Legally, the measure is an ‘implementing regulation’ of a 2015 regulation on common rules for exports (Regulation …