• circular economy,  energie rinnovabili

    Critical raw minerals and EU committee of Regions

    The Council of the European Union published on 27 July 2023 the opinion of the European Committee of the Regions on the critical raw materials act. About the trade, the European Committee of the Regions underlined that: “…To take account of possible technological and economic changes, the Commission should, in continuation of current practice, periodically perform an assessment based on data for production, trade, applications, recycling, sustainability and substitution for a wide range of raw materials to update the lists of critical and strategic raw materials reflecting the evolution in the economic importance and supply risk associated with those raw materials…”; “…The EU Supply Chain Act should also include the…

  • circular economy,  compliance e AEO,  free trade agreement

    Batteries and UN regulations

    The international framework of the draft of  regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning batteries and waste batteries, amending Directive 2008/98/EC and Regulation (EU) 2019/1020 and repealing Directive  2006/66/EC, is made by the following regulations: United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights; the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact; the United Nations Environment programme (UNEP) Guidelines for Social Life Cycle Assessment of Products; the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy; the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct; the OECD Due…

  • circular economy,  compliance e AEO,  free trade agreement

    AEO and obligations of importer of batteries

    According to the European batteries framework, the importers has to place on the market a battery which is compliant with Articles 6 to 10 and Articles 12, 13 and 14 of the regulation. In particular, before placing a battery on the market, importers shall verify that: the EU declaration of conformity and technical documentation referred to in Annex VIII (Conformity assessment procedures) have been drawn up and that the relevant conformity assessment procedure has been carried out by the manufacturer the battery bears the CE marking referred and is marked and labelled in accordance with Article 13; the battery is accompanied by the documents required pursuant to Articles 6 to…

  • circular economy,  compliance e AEO,  free trade agreement

    Compliance, importer and battery extended producer responsability

    The new regulation on batteries lays down the definition of producer and extended responsability and provides with the following definitions: Producer is: any manufacturer, importer or distributor or other natural or legal person that, irrespective of the selling technique used, including by means of distance contracts, either: (a) is established in a Member State and manufactures batteries under its own name or trademark, or has batteries designed or manufactured and supplies them for the first time under its own name or trademark, including those incorporated in appliances, light means of transport or other vehicles, within the territory of that Member State; (b) is established in a Member State and resells…

  • circular economy,  compliance e AEO,  free trade agreement

    Due diligence, AEO and batteries compliance

    The regulation of batteries imposes due diligence obligations on economic operators placing batteries on the market or putting them into service. It covers: all categories of batteries (portable batteries, starting, lighting and ignition batteries, SLI batteries, light means of transport batteries, LMT batteries, electric vehicle batteries and industrial batteries, regardless of their shape, volume, weight, design, material composition, chemistry, use or purpose. The batteries that are incorporated into or added to products or that are specifically designed to be incorporated into or added to products. The key principles are: sustainability, safety, labelling, marking and information to allow the placing on the market or putting into service of batteries within the…

  • circular economy,  compliance e AEO,  free trade agreement

    Due diligence batteries, critical raw materials and AEO

    The draft of regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning batteries and waste batteries, amending Directive 2008/98/EC and Regulation (EU) 2019/1020 and repealing Directive  2006/66/EC will apply to: all categories of batteries placed on the market or put into service within the Union, regardless of whether they were produced in the Union or imported; regardless of whether a battery is incorporated into appliances, light means of transport or other vehicles or otherwise added to products or whether a battery is placed on the market or put into service within the Union on its own; regardless of whether a battery is specifically designed for a product or is…

  • circular economy,  compliance e AEO,  free trade agreement

    New GSP framework, sustainable development and good governance: a check of the principles.

    The ProposalCOM(2021)579 will set up a new framework of the European generalized system of preference which is: part of EU common commercial policy (unilateral preferential origin treatment for goods originating from the eligibile countries): sustainable development and good goverance; consistent with with the analysis and perspective of the Commission Communication Trade Policy Review: An Open, Sustainable and Assertive Trade Policy of 18 February 2021; consistent with EU green agenda and UN suistainable goals; The key stone of GSP is the  “conditionality”: a country should not benefit from preferential trade arrangements if it is acting in a way that is contrary to international standards and principles and thereby also to its…

  • circular economy,  compliance e AEO

    The next challenge of AEO: deforestation and CBAM

    Environment protection is one of the key factor of the European trade policy. This requires a strong due diligence for the import of relevant commodities and the export of relevant product to prevent deforestation and forest degradation linked to cattle, cocoa, coffee, oil palm, rubber, soya and wood trade and deployment. From the other side, from October 2023 the reporting required by the Carbon border adjustment mechanism will enter into force for the import of cement, iron and steel, aluminium, fertilisers, electricity and hydrogen. CBAM implies a good management of the following customs aspects required for the AEO: The customs classification will play an important role to well identify the…

  • compliance e AEO

    The ESG key legislative developments: deforestation, CBAM

    ESG (environmental, social and corporate governance) is the new approach of the European trade compliance policies and is a business framework for considering environmental issues and social issues in the context of corporate governance.  This means that businesses must seek greater visibility of their suppliers’ operations and ensure certain environmental, human rights and governance safeguards, including driving ESG commitments into their supply contracts. The key pieces of legislation introduced are: deforestation risks: EU Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) requires extensive due diligence obligations on the value chain for all operators and traders dealing with certain products derived from cattle, cocoa, coffee, oil palm, rubber, soya and wood. It is important to ensure…