26.11.2020

Plant passports

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1770 on plant species not covered by the traceability requirements for plant passports under Regulation (EU) 2016/2031 of the European Parliament and of the Council and repealing Commission Directive 92/105 / EEC.

The plant passport for movement within the territory of the EU includes traceability, except for certain plants for planting that are ready for sale to end users. This exception does not apply to species and species of plants for planting that are on the EC list.

Plant species for planting that are not exempted from the traceability requirement for plant passports are listed in the Annex to the Regulation in the Annex.

The Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the EU.

 

26.11.2020

Biocidal products

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1771, published today in the Official Gazette of the EU on the approval of the reaction mass of peracetic acid (PAA) and peroxyoctanoic acid (POOA) as an existing active substance for use in biocidal products of product types 2, 3 and 4.

The approval shall be subject to the fulfillment of the conditions set out in the Annex to this Regulation.

The Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the EU.

 

26.11.2020

Cosmetic products

Corrigendum to Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/1683 of 12 November 2020 amending Annexes II and III to Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and the Council on cosmetic products, which was published today in the Official Gazette of the EU.

 

26.11.2020

Biocidal products

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1765 on the non-approval of chlorophene as an existing active substance for use in biocidal products of product-type 2.

This Decision shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the EU.

 

26.11.2020

Feed additives – Sensory additives

Commission Implementing Regulation 2020/1764 concerning the authorization of disodium 5′-inosinate produced by fermentation with Corinebacterium stationis KCCM 80161 as a feed additive for all animal species.

The substance falls into the category of “sensory additives” and the Regulation enters into force 20 days after its publication in the Official Journal of the EU.

 

26.11.2020

Active substances

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1763 on the approval of formaldehyde as an existing active substance for use in biocidal products of product types 2 and 3.

The specified substance is approved as an active substance for use in biocidal products of product types 2 and 3, in accordance with the specifications and conditions set out in the Annex.

The Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Gazette of the EU.

 

26.11.2020

Feed additive – Zootechnical additives

Commission Implementing Regulation 2020/1762 regarding the approval of preparations of Bacillus subtilis DSM 32324, Bacillus subtilis DSM 32325 and Bacillus amyloliqueefaciens DSM 25840 as a feed additive for all types of poultry for fattening or breeding for laying or breeding for breeding.

The substance belongs to the “zootechnical additives”, the Regulation enters into force 20 days after its publication in the Official Gazette of the EU.

 

26.11.2020

Feed additive – Sensory additives

Commission Implementing Regulation 2020/1761 concerning the approval of L-cysteine hydrochloride monohydrate produced by fermentation with Escherichia coli KCCM 80109 and KCCM 80197 as a feed additive for all animal species.

The substance belongs to the “sensory additives” and the Regulation enters into force 20 days after its publication in the Official Gazette.

 

26.11.2020

Supplements in animal nutrition

Commission Implementing Regulation 2020/1760 concerning the authorization of Bacillus subtilis DSM 25841 as a feed additive for all pig species, including sows, except lactating sows.

The substance belongs to the subheading “zootechnical additives”, and the Regulation enters into force 20 days after its publication in the Official Gazette of the EU.

 

25.11.2020

Feed additive

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1755, published today in the Official Journal of the EU, regarding the approval of Bacillus coagulans DSM 32016 as a feed additive for Suidae piglets, poultry for fattening and ornamental birds (holder of approval Biochem Zusatzstoffe Handels- und Produktionsges. mbH).

The preparation listed in the Annex, which belongs to the category of additives “zootechnical additives” and to the functional group “intestinal flora stabilizers”, is approved as an additive in animal nutrition, under the conditions set out in that Annex.

 

23.11.2020

Highly pathogenic avian influenza

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1742 concerning certain protection measures in relation to highly pathogenic avian influenza of the H5N8 subtype in the United Kingdom. In November 2020, the United Kingdom notified the Commission of epidemics of HPAI subtype H5N8 in its territory, on holdings holding poultry or other captive birds in the districts of Cheshire and Herefordshire, and immediately took the necessary measures in accordance with Directive 2005 / 94 / EC, including the establishment of a protection and surveillance zone.

This Decision establishes that the United Kingdom will ensure that protection and surveillance zones are established in accordance with Article 16 of Directive 2005/94 / EC and cover at least the areas listed in Parts A and B of the Annex to this Decision.

The decision will be applied until December 31, 2020.

 

23.11.2020

Animal health control

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1741 amending the Annex to Implementing Decision 2014/709 / EU as regards animal health control, measures relating to African swine fever in certain Member States.

This Decision lists the EU Member States in which the epidemiological situation has improved, as well as the Member States in which certain measures are still in force. In accordance with the stated situations, the Decision also changes the corresponding annexes.

 

18.11.2020

Antimicrobial resistance to zoonotic and commensal bacteria

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1729, published today in the Official Gazette of the EU on monitoring and reporting on antimicrobial resistance to zoonotic and commensal bacteria and repealing Implementing Decision 2013/652 / EU.

Directive 2003/99 / EC requires Member States to ensure monitoring and comparable data on the occurrence of antimicrobial resistance (“AMR”) in zoonotic agents that pose a threat to health. In order to ensure the delivery of reliable AMR data, the EFSA recommendations of 5 June 2019 have been taken into account when defining the most relevant combinations of bacterial species, food-producing animal species and food products to be included in the harmonized monitoring and reporting of 2021 AMR. .

This Decision shall apply from 1 January 2021.

 

18.11.2020

Highly pathogenic avian influenza

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1724 amending the Annex Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1654 concerning a certain temporary period of protection against highly pathogenic avian influenza of the H5N8 subtype in the United Kingdom.

The State notified the occurrence of a new outbreak of HPAI subtype H5N8 on a holding or poultry farm in Herefordshire and took the necessary measures in accordance with Directive 2005/94 / EC, including the establishment of protection and surveillance zones outbreaks.

 

17.11.2020

Highly pathogenic avian influenza of subtype H5N8

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1715 of 16 November 2020 amending the Annex to Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1606 concerning certain interim protective measures in relation to highly pathogenic avian influenza of subtype H5N8 in the Netherlands.

Earlier, the province of Gelderland in the Netherlands was included in the list of areas of EU countries where the H5N8 bird flu appeared. The Netherlands recently informed the European Commission about the appearance of a new type of bird flu in the province of Groningen, and new measures are described in the Annex.

 

17.11.2020

Hybrid electric passenger cars, use of alternative fuels and position lamps

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1714 of 16 November 2020 amending Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/1119 as regards the testing methodology for certain not-off vehicle charging hybrid electric passenger cars and to take into account the use of alternative fuels and Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1339 as regards rear position lamps.
As the confirmed CO2 savings can be taken into account for the calculation of average specific emissions of manufacturers starting from the calendar year 2021, this decision should take effect immediately.

The regulation enters into force 7 days after its publication in the Official Gazette.

 

17.11.2020

Substance lidocaine

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1712 of 16 November 2020 amending Regulation (EU) No 37/2010 to classify the substance lidocaine as regards its maximum residue limit.The existing entry is classified as “no MRL required”. Application for extension of the existing intake for lidocaine to swine species, for skin and epileptic diseases use only in piglets up to 7 days of age, has been submitted to the European Medicines Agency. An application to extend the existing intake of lidocaine to bovine species, applicable to muscle, fat, liver, kidney and milk, was also submitted to the Agency.

The agency recommended the establishment of maximum levels for lidocaine in cattle, but concluded that the establishment of maximum levels for lidocaine in pigs, of a certain age and for a certain use, is not necessary to protect human health.

The regulation enters into force 20 days from the day of its publication in the Official Gazette, and you can see the maximum levels in the attachment.

 

13.11.2020

Flavouring substances

Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/1681 of 12 November 2020 amending Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 1334/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards removal from the Union list of certain flavouring substances.

Foods to which any of the flavoring substances listed in the Annex to this Regulation which were lawfully placed on the market before the date of entry into force of this Regulation have been added may continue to be marketed until their date of minimum durability or “use by” date.

Food imported into the Union and having one of the flavoring substances listed in the Annex to this Regulation added may be placed on the market until the date of minimum durability or until “use by”, when the importer of such food can prove that it has been dispatched from that third country. countries and that they have been on the road to the Union before that date since the entry into force of this Regulation.

The transitional periods provided for in paragraphs 1 and 2 of the forwarded Regulation shall not apply to preparations which are not intended for human consumption.

The Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the EU.

 

13.11.2020

Inclusion of the new psychoactive substance izotonitazen

Commisiion Delegated Directive (EU) 2020/1687 of 2 September 2020 amending the Annex to Council Framework Decision 2004/757/JHA as regards the inclusion of the new psychoactive substance N,N-diethyl-2-[[4-(1-methylethoxy)phenyl]methyl]-5-nitro-1H- benzimidazole-1-ethanamine (isotonitazene) in the definition of ‘drug’.

EU Member States are obliged to adopt the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with this Directive no later than June 3, 2021.
Given our pace of alignment, we can expect Serbia to align with this Directive in the coming period.

 

13.11.2020

Organic production and labelling of organic products

Regulation (EU) 2020/1693 of the European Parlament and of the Council of 11 November 2020 amending Regulation (EU) 2018/848 on organic production and labelling of organic products as regards its date of application and certain other dates referred to in that Regulation.
Namely, the previous Regulations establishes a new regulatory framework for organic production. In order to ensure a smooth transition from the old regulatory framework to the new one, that regulation envisages the date of application from January 1, 2021.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, which is an unforeseen circumstance, the transition time is extended by one year. Also, for third country operators recognized as equivalent under Article 33 (2) of Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 (3), it is appropriate to extend the expiry date of their recognition by one year until 31 December 2026 so that such third countries have sufficient time to change their status, either by concluding a trade agreement with the Union or by fully aligning their operators with the Regulation. (EU) 2018/848, without unnecessary interruptions to trade in organic products.

The expiry date of the recognition of control bodies and control bodies in third countries should be extended by one year until 31 December 2024.

 

13.11.2020

Specific measures on L – series vehicles

Regulation (EU) 2020/1694 of the European Parlament and of the Council of 11 November 2020 amending Regulation (EU) No 168/2013 as regards specific measures on L-category end-of-series vehicles in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Namely, the COVID-19 crisis caused a disruption in the supply chain of critical parts and components for L-category vehicles and a significant drop in demand for these vehicles. This has led to significant delays for manufacturers in clearing the stock of Euro 4 vehicles which, according to Annex IV of Regulation (EU) no. 168/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council (3), must be registered before the application of the environmental step Euro 5 on 1 January 2021.

Rules for batch completion laid down in Regulation (EU) no. 168/2013 allow manufacturers to continue to place on the market, register or put into service a limited part of the stock of L-category vehicles that may not be available on the market, or can no longer be available on the market, due to the entry into force of new technical requirements. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused more stocks of Euro4 vehicles than previously anticipated. In order to ensure that the application of these end-of-series specific measures is limited to vehicles in stock at the time of the national blockade, the number of vehicles benefiting from these end-of-series specific measures should not exceed the number of Euro 4 L-category vehicles were in stock on March 15, 2020.

 

13.11.2020

Classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/1676 of 31 August 2020 amending Article 25 of Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures as regards bespoke paints. The Regulation enters into force on the day following its publication in the Official Gazette of the EU.

 

13.11.2020

Classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/1677 of 31 August 2020 amending Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures in order to improve the workability of information requirements related to emergency health response.
To meet customer demand for very specific color shades, formulators are sometimes asked to formulate and deliver custom colors at the point of sale. These agreed colors could have an almost unlimited number of different compositions. Therefore, without any mitigation measures, compliance with the requirements for emergency medical responses set out in Annex VIII to Regulation (EC) No 882/2004. Regulation 1272/2008 will require custom paint formulators to submit information and create unique formula identifiers (UFIs) in advance for an extremely large number of colors of all possible color combinations, many of which could never actually be delivered, or to delay any delivery. until the information is handed over and the UFI is created. Any approach would place a disproportionate burden on the custom paint industry, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, without significantly improving safety levels.

It is therefore appropriate to provide for the possibility of exempting custom colors from the reporting obligation in Annex VIII and the requirement to create an FMI. However, in that case, in order to enable the poison centers to formulate an appropriate emergency health response, the individual mixtures contained in the custom-made paints should continue to be subject to all the requirements of that Annex.

A detailed explanation can be found in the submitted Regulation.

 

13.11.2020

Substance bupivacaine

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1685 of 12 November 2020 amending Regulation (EU) No 37/2010 to classify the substance bupivacaine as regards its maximum residue limit.
Based on the opinion of the Committee for Veterinary Medicinal Products, the Agency concluded that the establishment of MRLs for bupivacaine in pigs and cattle, within the age limits, is not necessary for the protection of human health and recommended the classification “no MRL required”.

The Decree shall enter into force on the twentieth day from the day of its publication in the Official Gazette.

 

13.11.2020

Cosmetic products

 Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/1684 of 12 November 2020 amending Annex VI to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on cosmetic products. The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) concluded in its opinion of 13 December 2019 that the use of methoxypropylamino cyclohexenylidene ethoxyethylcyanoacetate as a UV filter in cosmetic products in a maximum concentration of 3% is safe for consumers. Inhalation toxicity was not assessed in the SCCS opinion because no data were provided. Therefore, the opinion of SCCS is not applicable to any cosmetic product in the form of a spray which, by inhalation, could lead to exposure of the lungs of the end user. In light of this view, the use of Methoxypropylamino cyclohexenylidene ethoxyethylcyanoacetate as a UV filter in cosmetic products should be approved at a maximum concentration of 3%, except in applications that may result in end-user exposure by inhalation.

 

13.11.2020

Cosmetic products

Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/1683 of 12 November 2020 amending Annexes II and III to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on cosmetic products. As a result of the SCCS assessment, in order to ensure the safety of hair dye products for human health, it is necessary to prohibit the use of three hair dye substances, 1,2,4-trihydroxybenzene, 2 – [(4-amino-2-nitrophenyl) -amino] -benzoic acid and 4-amino-3-hydroxytoluene, based on the final opinions given by
SCCS on their safety. In addition, in light of SCCS’s final opinions on the other six hair dyes,
Dimethylpiperazinium Aminopyrazolopyridine HCl, Methylimidazoliumpropyl p-phenylenediamine HCl, HC Orange no. 6, Sour Orange 7, Tetrabromophenol Blue and Indigofera Tinctoria, it is appropriate to limit their maximum concentrations for use in hair coloring products.

 

13.11.2020

Cosmetic products

Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/1682 of 12 November 2020 amending Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on cosmetic products. The amendments to this Regulation are a consequence of the Decision of the Swedish Medicines Agency, which adopted a decision in accordance with Article 27 of Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006. 1223/2009 on the introduction of temporary restrictive measures on a nail cosmetic product that has caused a high level of number of side effects. Substances that have been found to be able to cause these side effects are HEMA and Di-HEMA TMHDC.

 

12.11.2020

Avian influenza of subtype H5 Report from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on the Implementation of EU Trade Agreements for the period 1 January 2019 – 31 December 2019

The Western Balkans is covered in section 3.3.3. of the report and it is stated that the total trade exchange between the EU and the WB amounted to 55 billion euros in 2019, which is an increase of 3.8%
compared to 2018. The most represented products in trade are machines, base metals, mineral and chemical products. In 2019, EU exports to the Western Balkans increased by 4.4%, resulting in a trade surplus for the EU of 8.9 billion euros. Imports from the Western Balkans increased by 3%.

 

12.11.2020

Controls on the production of organic products

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1667 of 10 November 2020 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/977 as regards the period of application of the temporary measures in relation to controls on the production of organic products. EU Member States have informed the Commission that, given the crisis associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, certain serious disruptions in the functioning of their control systems in the organic sector will continue beyond 30 September 2020. In order to address these disruptions, the period of application of the Executive Regulation (EU) 2020/977 should be extended beyond this deadline.

As regards official controls and other official activities within the scope of Regulation (EU) 2017/625 of the European Parliament and of the Council, Commission Executive Regulation (EU) 2020/466 allows Member States to apply interim measures to risks to human, animal and plant health and welfare animals in a specific situation related to COVID-19 until 1 February 2021. The derogations provided for in Executive Regulation (EU) 2020/977 should also continue to apply until that date. However, the minimum percentages relating to the number of samples, additional random control visits and unannounced inspections and visits, as set out in Article 1 (3), (5) and (6) of Executive Regulation (EU) 2020/977, shall be calculated on an annual basis. level. Therefore, the end of the application of these derogations should not be changed.

There is no need to interfere with the application of the provisions of Executive Regulation (EU) 2020/977 which has been extended by this Regulation. It is therefore appropriate to provide for the retroactive application of the Regulation from 1 October 2020.

This Regulation shall enter into force on the day of its publication in the Official Gazette and shall apply retroactively from 1 October 2020.

 

11.11.2020

Avian influenza of subtype H5N8

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1670 of 10 November 2020 amending the Annex to Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1606 concerning certain interim protective measures in relation to highly pathogenic avian influenza of subtype H5N8 in the Netherlands.
From the date of adoption of Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1606, the Netherlands notified the Commission of an additional outbreak of HPAI subtype H5N8 on a poultry farm in the province of Gelderland and took the necessary measures in accordance with Directive 2005/94 / EC, including the establishment of protection zones and oversight of this new outbreak.

 

10.11.2020

Avian influenza of subtype H5N8

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1664 of 9 November 2020 concerning certain interim protective measures in relation to highly pathogenic avian influenza of subtype H5N8 in Germany.
With this Decision, Germany will ensure the protection and surveillance zones established in accordance with Article 16 of Directive 2005/94 / EC which cover at least the areas listed in Parts A and B of the Annex to this Decision. This decision will be applied until February 28, 2021.

 

10.11.2020

Infectious bovine rhinotracheitis

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1663 of 6 November 2020 amending Annexes I and II to Decision 2004/558/EC as regards the disease-free status of Czechia and the approval of the eradication programme in several regions of France regarding infectious bovine rhinotracheitis.

 

09.11.2020

Avian influenza of subtype H5N8

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1654 of 6 November 2020 concerning certain interim protective measures in relation to highly pathogenic avian influenza of subtype H5N8 in the United Kingdom.
Namely, the United Kingdom recently informed the Commission about the outbreak of the H5N8 subtype on its territory, on a farm in the district of Cheshire.

The United Kingdom has taken appropriate protection measures, and the Annex describes the appropriate surveillance zones and protection zones.

 

06.11.2020

African swine fever

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1645, published today in the Official Gazette of the EU regarding certain temporary protection measures related to African swine fever in Germany. The decision establishes that Germany will ensure that the infected area, where measures are provided for in accordance with Article 15 of Directive 2002/60 / EC, covers at least the areas listed in the Annex to this decision. This Decision shall apply until 31 January 2021.

 

06.11.2020

African swine fever

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1644 published today in the Official Gazette of the EU amending the Annex to Implementing Decision 2014/709 / EU regarding animal health control, measures relating to African swine fever in certain Member States. In the corresponding Annex, the area in Slovakia where the occurrence of this contagious disease was detected was entered.

 

06.11.2020

Approval of the active substances

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1643 published today in the Official Gazette of the EU amending Implementing Regulation (EU) no. 540/2011 regarding the period of approval of the active substance calcium phosphide, denatonium benzoate, haloxyfop-P, imidacloprid, pencucuron and zeta-cypermethrin, and regarding the placing of plant protection products on the EU market.

This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

 

05.11.2020

Theobroma cacao L 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1634 of 4 November 2020 authorising the placing on the market of sugars obtained from cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.) pulp as a novel food under Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 of the European Parliament and of the Council and amending Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2470.

 

 

05.11.2020

Plant protection products 

Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/1633 of 27 October 2020 amending Annexes II, III, IV and V to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European,Parliament and of the Council as regards maximum residue levels for azinphos-methyl, bentazone, dimethomorph, fludioxonil, flufenoxuron, oxadiazon, phosalone, pyraclostrobin, repellants: tall oil and teflubenzuron in or on certain products.

In the context of the procedure for approving the use of plant protection products containing the active substance bentazone on potatoes, leeks, herbal infusions of leaves and herbs, poppies and soybeans, an application was submitted to amend the existing MRLs. Such application was filed for blackberries and raspberries, strawberries, rhubarb, flaxseed, sesame seeds, canola / mustard seeds, mustard, borage seeds, golden pleasure seeds and hemp seeds, table grapes, sweet corn and coffee beans, apples, Brussels sprouts and main cabbage.
The new maximum levels of these substances are found in the Annex, and the Amendments apply to products manufactured before 25.05.2021, except for pyraclostrobin in table grapes and repellents: high oil in all products.

 

04.11.2020

Coordinated approach to closing the Schengen borders 

Council Recommendation 2020/1632, published today in the Official Gazette of the EU, regarding the coordinated approach to closing the Schengen borders, and checking natural persons within the Schengen area, regardless of their nationality. Namely, the basic principle is that the borders remain open, and that there are no checks within Schengen.

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, Council Recommendation (EU) 2020/1475 defines general principles and common criteria, including the usual thresholds when considering restrictions on free movement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It also establishes a common framework regarding possible measures for travelers coming from higher risk areas. It is recommended that Member States coordinate and communicate with the public when restrictive measures are imposed.

 

04.11.2020

Electromagnetic compatibility of industrial, scientific and medical equipment 

Commission Implementing Decision 2020/1630, published today in the Official Gazette of the EU, regarding electromagnetic compatibility of industrial, scientific and medical equipment, household appliances, electric tools and similar appliances, electric lighting and similar equipment, multimedia equipment, switchgear and control equipment.

Namely, the standards related to the existing standards have been revised, and you can see the changes to the existing list of standards in the Annex.

 

04.11.2020

Imports of renewable ethanol into the EU 

Commission Implementing Regulation 2020/1628, concerning the control of imports of renewable ethanol into the EU. Namely, France informed the Commission that it is necessary to control the import of renewable ethanol into the EU. Union surveillance may be introduced where the trend in imports of products threatens to harm Union producers and where the Union interest so requires.

As imports have increased in recent years, the market shares of the Union industry have decreased. EU demand has collapsed in recent months, and the economic situation of the Union industry has deteriorated. When the market recovers, it can be expected that existing unused stocks in major producer countries outside the EU is being exported en masse to the EU, thus preventing the recovery of EU industry. Moreover, it cannot be ruled out that some governments in an effort to sustain production activities might introduce subsidies or other forms of support in favor of their ethanol industry. Therefore, a retrospective monitoring of the import of renewable ethanol into the EU is being introduced, which will last for a year.

The list of products subject to retrospective Union surveillance can be found in the submitted Regulation.

The product that is subject to retrospective control is renewable ethanol for fuel, ie. Ethyl alcohol produced from agricultural products, denatured or undenatured, excluding products with a water content of more than 0.3% (m / m) measured according to EN 15376, but including ethyl alcohol produced from agricultural products contained in mixtures with petrol with an ethyl alcohol content of more than 10% (v / v) intended for fuel use.

The product concerned also comprises ethyl alcohol produced from agricultural products contained in ethyl tert-butyl ether (ETBE). The product range is exclusively limited to renewable ethanol used for fuel. Therefore, synthetic ethanol and renewable ethanol intended for purposes other than fuel, ie. industrial use and use of beverages, is not covered by this requirement.

 

03.11.2020

Highly pathogenic avian influenza 

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1606, published today in the Official Gazette of the EU regarding certain temporary protective measures in relation to highly pathogenic avian influenza of the H5N8 subtype in the Netherlands.

The Netherlands recently confirmed the presence of the HPAI virus subtype H5N8 in wild migratory birds and non-migratory birds in its territory.

The Netherlands also recently notified the Commission of an outbreak of HPAI subtype H5N8 on its territory, on a farm where poultry or other captive birds are kept in the province of Gelderland, and immediately took the necessary measures in accordance with Directive 2005/94 / EC, including the establishment of protection and surveillance zone.

This decision will be applied until February 28, 2021.

 

02.11.2020

Protection of EU consumers from dangerous substances 

The Commission is taking another important step to protect EU consumers from hazardous substances in frequent contact with human skin, which are known to cause cancer and reproductive health problems.

On Sunday, November 1, a restriction came into force that limits consumer exposure to 33 carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction (CMR) chemicals.

The restriction specifies the maximum concentration limits established for individual substances or groups of substances potentially present in articles:
• clothing and related accessories,
• textiles other than clothing that come into contact with human skin under normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use to the extent similar to clothing, and
• put on

Restrictions in these products include substances such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), cadmium, chromium, lead and its compounds and phthalates, among others. It also contributes to reducing emissions of these hazardous substances into the environment, which can occur, for example during washing, and improves the quality of recycled textile materials. The restriction is based on the EU REACH regulation, which provides the world’s largest protection of human health and the environment.

Here you can find: Explanatory guide on the restriction on CMRs 1A and 1B in textiles and clothing

 

30.10.2020

Adjusting the level of tariff quotas 

Notice concerning the adaptation of the level of Tariff Rate Quotas under the safeguard measures on certain steel products following the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union as of 1 January 2021.
The United Kingdom will no longer be part of the EU customs territory. Therefore, from that date, the measures applied will change. In view of this change, the Commission considers it appropriate to adjust the scope of the Tariff Quota (“TRK”), as well as the list of developing countries that are the subject of current measures.
Written submissions as comments on this notice must be submitted within 5 working days from the date of publication in the Official Gazette.
You can see the new amounts in the Annex, and instructions for comments can be found in the Notice.

 

30.10.2020

 Tariff and statistical nomenclature and on the Common Customs Tariff 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1577 of 21 September 2020 amending Annex I to Council Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87 on the tariff and statistical nomenclature and on the Common Customs Tariff. It is necessary to amend the CN to take account of changes in the requirements relating to statistics and commercial policy and technological and commercial development, by introducing new subheadings to facilitate the tracking of certain goods, for example “red coral” in Chapter 5, “red phosphorus’ in Chapter 28, ‘Eucalyptus wood’ in Chapter 44 and ‘Steel lamination’ in Chapter 85 of the CN. The substance ‘1,1,1-trifluoroethane (HFC-143a)’ should be reclassified from TARIC code 2903 39 29 25 to 2903 39 24 90.

 

30.10.2020

Animal health control measures 

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1594 of 29 October 2020 amending the Annex to Implementing Decision 2014/709/EU concerning animal health control measures relating to African swine fever in certain Member States. Namely, the disease has appeared in the areas of Romania (Suceava), so it is necessary to include this area in the high-risk areas.

 

30.10.2020

Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies in ovine and caprine animals 

Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/1593 of 29 October 2020 amending Annex X to Regulation (EC) No 999/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards further examination of positive cases of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies in ovine and caprine animals. Namely, given the lack of recent cases, after the recurrence of the disease in France and Cyprus in 2005, it is necessary to change the examination procedure to limit it to only necessary cases.

 

28.10.2020

Non-essential travel to the EU 

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the European Council and the Council publishing Guidelines for persons exempted from the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU with regard to the application of Council Recommendation 2020/912 of 30 June 2020.

I draw your attention to the parts of the Guidelines that refer to the entry of persons from third countries, ie persons who are not EU citizens, listed in Part III. Certain categories of passengers with a basic function or need – Annex II to Council Recommendation 2020/912. I note that the Guidelines indicate that EU Member States should allow travel for all categories listed in Section III, and not just for some of them.

The following categories are covered:
1. Healthcare professionals, health researchers and care professionals for the elderly
2. Border workers
3. Seasonal workers in agriculture
4. Transport staff
5. Diplomats, staff of international organizations and people invited by international organizations whose physical presence is necessary for their good functioning
6. Passengers in transit
7. Travelers traveling for imperative family reasons
8. Seafarers
9. Persons in need of international protection or for other humanitarian reasons
10. Third-country nationals traveling for study purposes
11. Highly skilled workers from third countries if their employment is necessary from
economic perspective and business cannot be postponed or performed abroad

 

28.10.2020

African swine fever 

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1568 amending the Annex to Implementing Decision 2014/709 / EU concerning animal health measures relating to African swine fever in certain EU Member States.

Since the date of adoption of Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1535, new outbreaks of African swine fever have been reported in feral pigs in Poland.

In order to take into account recent developments in the epidemiological situation of African swine fever in the EU and to proactively address the risks associated with the spread of the disease, new high-risk areas of sufficient size should be established. Delimited for Poland and duly listed in Parts I and II of the Annex to Implementing Decision 2014/709 / EU.

 

28.10.2020

Maximum residue levels 

Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/1566 concerning maximum residue levels for bupirimate, carfentrazone-ethyl, etirimol and pyriphenone in or on certain products. The old rules will apply to products imported or manufactured before 17.05.2021. New maximum residue levels can be found in the Annex.

 

28.10.2020

Maximum level of substances 

Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/1565 concerning maximum residue levels of 1,4 diaminobutane, 1-methylcyclopropene, ammonium acetate, bifenazate, chlorantraniliprol, chlormequat, cyprodinil, limestone, mandipropamide, pepper, pyridaben, repellents: blood meal and sea hydrochloride trichloride extracts or on certain products. You will find the new maximum balances in the Annex.

 

27.10.2020

Radio equipment 

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1562 of 26 October 2020 amending Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/167 as regards harmonised standards for certain radio equipment concerning advanced surface movement guidance and control systems, primary surveillance radars, broadcast sound receivers, international mobile telecommunications equipment and fixed radio systems. Namely, some standards have been withdrawn because they have been revised (EN 301 908-2 V11.1.2, EN 301 908-13 V11.1.2, EN 302 217-2 V3.1.1 and EN 303 213-6-1 V2.1.1) while other obsolete (EN 303 339 V1.1.1). You can see all the changes in the Annex.

 

27.10.2020

Animal food control measures 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1560 of 26 October 2020 amending Annex VI to Regulation (EC) No 152/2009 laying down the methods of analysis for the determination of constituents of animal origin for the official control of feed.

Commission Regulation (EC) No 152/2009 establishes test methods used to support official controls to enforce the ban on the use of processed animal proteins in feed for food-producing animals. This includes methods of analysis for the determination of ingredients of animal origin for the official control of feedingstuffs, which are described in Annex VI to that Regulation and performed by light microscopy or polymerase chain reaction (PCR). However, during the examination, the European Union Reference Laboratory for Animal Proteins in Animal Feed and the national reference laboratories in the Member States encountered difficulties in interpreting the results following the application of the light microscopy method described in Annex VI to Regulation 152/2009.
In order to ensure legal clarity and certainty and to avoid different interpretations, it is appropriate to amend certain provisions in Annex VI.

The changes can be seen in the Annex. The regulation enters into force 20 days after its publication in the Official Gazette.

 

27.10.2020

 List of novel foods 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1559 of 26 October 2020 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2470 establishing the Union list of novel foods. Namely, due to the adoption of eight new Implementing Regulations for the purpose of adding or changing foods on the list of novel foods, they should be included in the new list of novel foods.

A list of foods along with their specifications can be found in the Annex.

The Regulation shall enter into force on the day of its publication in the Official Gazette, and shall apply from 13.08.2020.

 

26.10.2020

Pepino mosaic virus 

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1549 of 22 October 2020 repealing Decision 2004/200/EC on measures to prevent the introduction into and the spread within the Community of Pepino mosaic virus.

Following a reassessment of the phytosanitary status, the virus is included in Part F of Annex IV to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/2072 with a list of harmful quarantine pests and certain plants for planting regulated by the Union, with appropriate categories and thresholds for the vegetable seeds concerned. Therefore, the Decision previously listing the corresponding virus is obsolete and repealed (Decision 2004/200 / EC).

 

22.10.2020

African swine fever 

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1535, published today in the Official Gazette of the EU amending the Annex to Implementing Decision 2014/709 / EU regarding animal health measures related to African swine fever in certain EU Member States.

Since the date of adoption of Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1402, new outbreaks of African swine fever have been reported in domestic pigs in Romania. In addition, new outbreaks of African swine fever have been reported in feral pigs in Poland and Slovakia.

Also, the epidemiological situation in certain areas of Poland, Latvia and Lithuania has improved with regard to domestic pigs, due to the measures applied by these Member States in accordance with Directive 2002/60 / EC.

In order to take into account recent developments in the epidemiological situation of African swine fever in the Union and to proactively address the risks associated with the spread of the disease, new high-risk areas of sufficient size and demarcation should be established for Poland, Slovakia and Romania. in parts I, II and III of the Annex Implementing Decision 2014/709 / EU.

 

20.10.2020

Animal health control 

Commission Implementing Decision 2020/1525 amending Implementing Decision 2013/764 / EU as regards animal health control and measures relating to classical swine fever in certain Member States. Namely, Implementing Decision 2013/764 / EU also provides for derogations from the ban on the dispatch of live pigs from certain areas, provided that they meet a number of conditions, including supervision. Taking into account the effectiveness of the surveillance and control measures applied in Latvia, and given the favorable epidemiological situation of classical swine fever in that Member State, all areas in Latvia currently listed in the Annex to Implementing Decision 2013/764 / EU should be deleted from that Annex.

 

19.10.2020

Active substances 

Commission Implementing Regulation 2020/1511 amending the extension of the authorization of the active substances amidosulfuron, bifenox, chlorotoluron, clofentezine, clomazone, cypermethrin, daminoside, deltamethrin, dicamba, difenoconazole, diflufenican, phenoxapropin-flu, phenoxaprop-flu, indoxacarb, lenacil, MCPA, MCPB, nicosulfuron, paraffin oils, picloram, prosulfocarb, sulfur, triflusulfuron and tritosulfuron, which are now valid until 31.10.2021.

 

19.10.2020

Cinnamyl alcohol 

Commission Implementing Regulation 2020/1510 on the approval of cinnamyl alcohol, 3-phenylpropan-1-ol, 2-phenylpropanal, 3- (p-cumenyl) -2-methylpropionaldehyde, alpha-methylcinnamaldehyde, 3-phenylpropanal, cinnamic acid, cinnamyl acetate, cinnamyl butyrate, 3-phenylpropyl isobutyrate, cinnamyl isovalerate, cinnamyl isobutyrate, ethyl cinnamate, methyl cinnamate and isopentyl cinnamate as feed additives for all animal species except marine animals, which shall enter into force 20 days after publication in the Official Gazette. Substances that were produced according to the old rules until 08.05.2021 can be placed on the market, as well as food produced until 08.11.2021.

 

19.10.2020

African swine fever 

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1513, published today in the Official Gazette of the EU, regarding animal health control in Germany.

Namely, Germany informed the Commission about the current situation with African swine fever in its territory, following the case of that disease in the state of Brandenburg, and in accordance with Article 15 of Directive 2002/60 / EC, it took a number of measures, including the establishment of an infected area. are measured to prevent the spread of these diseases. The appendix lists all areas affected by the new measures in Germany.

 

16.10.2020

Active substance thiophanate-methyl 

Commission Implementing Regulation 2020/1498 concerning the non-renewal of authorizations for the active substance thiophanate-methyl, concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market. Namely, the application submitted in connection with the renewal of the approval for the active substance thiophanate-methyl was withdrawn by the applicant, and the approval will not be renewed. Member States shall withdraw authorizations for plant protection products containing thiophanate-methyl as active substance by 19 April 2021 at the latest, and all authorizations shall expire by 19 October 2021 at the latest.

 

16.10.2020

Nutrient additives 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1497 of 15 October 2020 concerning the authorisation of L-methionine produced by Corynebacterium glutamicum KCCM 80 184 and Escherichia coli KCCM 80 096 as a feed additive for all animal species.
The substance belongs to the category of additives “nutrient additives” and to the functional group “amino acids, their salts and analogues”.
The Regulation shall enter into force 20 days after its publication in the Official Gazette.

 

15.10.2020

Trichinella control 

Commission Implementing Regulation 2020/1478, concerning sampling, reference methods for
conditions for detection and import related to Trichinella control.

Namely, Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/1375 lays down special rules on official controls of Trichinella in meat, including laboratory testing of samples of pig meat for slaughter.

Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1375 provides for a derogation from the examination for Trichinella when entering the EU in which pigs come from holdings that do not officially have Trichinella and apply controlled housing conditions. A. a third country may apply this derogation only if it has notified the Commission of the application of such a derogation and if the Commission has indicated to that effect. This applies to third countries listed in Commission Regulation (EU) No 182/2011. 206/2010, including Serbia, as well as BiH, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro.

The reference method of Trichinella detection in samples collected from domestic pig carcasses is also intended. 2015. International Organization for Standardization
adopted the global standard ISO 18743: 2015 which specifies the method of detection of Trichinella spp. larvae of the muscular stage in the meat of individual carcasses of animals intended for human consumption.

It is therefore appropriate to replace the reference method in Regulation (EU) 2015/1375 with ISO 18743: 2015 to bring the Union reference method into line with this global standard.

The Regulation will enter into force 20 days after its publication in the Official Gazette, and Article 1 (4), (5) and (7) will apply from 21.04.2021.

 

15.10.2020

Consequences caused by the COVID-19 pandemic – Air traffic 

Commission Delegated Regulation 2020/1477 concerning the temporary extension of exceptional measures to address the consequences caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Namely, the COVID-19 pandemic led to a sharp drop in air traffic as a result of a significant drop in demand and direct measures taken by member states, as well as third countries to combat the pandemic. These circumstances are beyond the control of the airline and the consequent voluntary or mandatory cancellation airline service is a necessary or legitimate response to these circumstances.

In order to protect the airline’s finances and avoid the negative impact on the environment of empty or mostly empty flights performed only for the purpose of maintaining basic airport slots, the amendment stipulates that slot coordinators consider slots allocated for the period from March 1, 2020 to 24. October 2020, as if they were transported by the airline to which they were originally assigned.

Since the pandemic lasted longer than originally planned, this time period is extended until March 27, 2021. years. The Regulation shall enter into force on the day following that of its publication in the Official Gazette.

 

13.10.2020

Free movement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic 

The EU Council today adopted a Recommendation on a coordinated approach to restrictions on free movement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of this recommendation is to avoid fragmentation and increase transparency and predictability for citizens and businesses.

The Council Recommendation is not a legally binding instrument. The authorities of the Member States remain responsible for implementing the content of the recommendation.

I would also like to mention that third countries are not covered by this Recommendation, ie that the recommendation is valid only for EU member states.

Each week, Member States should provide the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) with available data according to the following criteria:

– number of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days
– number of tests per 100,000 inhabitants conducted last week (testing rate)
– percentage of positive tests conducted in the last week (test positivity rate)
Based on this data, the ECDC should publish a weekly map of EU Member States, broken down by region, to support Member States in making decisions. Areas should be marked with the following colors:

– green if the notification rate in 14 days is lower than 25 and the test positivity rate is below 4%
– orange if the 14-day notification rate is less than 50 but the test positivity rate is 4% or higher or, if the 14-day notification rate is between 25 and 150 and the test positivity rate is below 4%
– red if the 14-day notification rate is 50 or higher and the test positivity rate is 4% or higher or if the 14-day notification rate is greater than 150
– gray if there is insufficient data or if the test rate is lower than 300

Member States should not restrict the free movement of persons traveling to or from green countries.

If they are considering whether to apply restrictions, they should respect the differences in the epidemiological situation between the orange and red areas and act proportionately. They should also take into account the epidemiological situation on their territory.

Member States should in principle not refuse entry to persons traveling from other Member States. Member States which consider it necessary to impose restrictions may require persons traveling from non-green areas to:

– subject to quarantine
– undergo a test upon arrival
Member States may offer the possibility of replacing this test with a pre-arrival test.

Member States may also require persons entering their territory to submit passenger tracing forms. A common European form for finding passengers for possible joint use should be developed.

Member States intending to apply the restrictions should first inform the affected Member State, before entering into force, as well as the other Member States and the Commission. If possible, information should be provided 48 hours in advance.

Member States should also provide the public with clear, comprehensive and timely information on all restrictions and requirements. As a rule, this information should be published 24 hours before the entry into force of the measure.

The decision as to whether restrictions on free movement will be introduced to protect public health remains the responsibility of the Member States; however, coordination on this topic is essential. Since March 2020, the Commission has adopted a series of guidelines and communications aimed at supporting Member States’ efforts to coordinate and protect free movement within the EU. Discussions on this topic also took place within the Council.

 

12.10.2020

Council conclusions- Working and living conditions of seasonal and other mobile workers 

Respected business community for your information, WB6 CIF would like to inform you that the EU Council has adopted conclusions stating that seasonal and other mobile workers across the EU are often exposed to unfavorable working and living conditions and the risk of exploitation, and are not provided with sufficient information on their responsibilities and responsibilities. rights. During the COVID-19 pandemic, some of these problems worsened. The Council recognizes that seasonal and other mobile workers make an important contribution to the internal market, and this has not changed during the current crisis.

In its conclusions, the Council points to the importance of this issue and calls on the Member States, in accordance with their respective competencies and national circumstances, to fully implement EU and national legislation, especially in the areas of freedom of movement for workers and freedom to provide services. , as well as working and living conditions. The Council emphasizes the importance of information and advice and invites Member States to provide information in the language of the workers or at least in a language they understand. The Council also calls on Member States to explore the possibility of setting specific requirements for temporary work and employment agencies, to ensure that they comply with minimum quality standards in accordance with national and EU law and, where appropriate, collective agreements.

The Council also calls on the European Commission to conduct a study to collect data on seasonal work within the EU and to identify the main challenges it faces, including, where possible, during the COVID-19 pandemic, to assess areas where the protection of seasonal workers needs to be addressed. improve and make recommendations for further policy.

 

12.10.2020

REACH 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1435 of 9 October 2020 on the duties placed on registrants to update their registrations under Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). The Council Conclusions of 26 June 2019 “Towards a sustainable Union chemical policy strategy” reiterated the importance of concrete actions to ensure compliance and improve the quality of registration dossiers and the need for an effective mechanism for updating them.

In order to allow sufficient time to comply with the Regulation, it will enter into force on the sixtieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the EU.

 

08.10.2020

Ascorbic acid 

Regulation 2020/1419, published today in the Official Gazette of the EU, concerning the amendment of Annex II to Regulation (EC) no. Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the use of ascorbic acid (E 300) and citric acid (E 330) on white vegetables intended for further processing. The use of ascorbic acid (E 300) contained in food category 04.1.2 “Peeled, sliced and sliced fruit and vegetables”, the use of these substances on white vegetables intended for further processing, including heat treatment such as roasting, steaming or grilling , before the final consumer consumes them. The regulation enters into force 20 days after its publication in the Official Gazette.

 

08.10.2020

Additive for chickens 

Commission Implementing Regulation 2020/1418, published today in the Official Gazette of the EU, concerning the approval of saponified pepper extract (Capsicum annuum) (capsanthin) as an additive for chickens for fattening, smaller poultry species for fattening, type of poultry for laying. Namely, it was decided that the substance belongs to the category of additives “sensory additives” and the functional group “dyes: (ii) substances which, when fed to animals, add color to food of animal origin”.

 

06.10.2020

African swine fever 

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1402, published today in the Official Journal of the EU, amending the Annex to Executive Decision 2014/709 / EU concerning animal health measures relating to African swine fever in certain EU Member States.

Following recent cases of African swine fever in feral pigs in Poland and Bleien-Genschmar in Germany near the border with Poland, and taking into account the current epidemiological situation in the EU, regionalization in Poland has been reassessed and updated. In addition, existing risk management measures have also been re-evaluated and updated. These changes should be reflected in the Annex to the Executed Decision 2014/709 / EU, which forms an integral part of the submitted Decision.

 

05.10.2020

African swine fever 

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1391, published today in the Official Gazette of the EU regarding certain protection measures related to African swine fever in Germany. Germany has notified the Commission of the current situation with African swine fever on its territory, at the end of September 2020, in parts of Brandenburg in accordance with Article 15 of Directive 2002/60 / EC, undertaking lower measures, including the establishment of applying only from Article 15 of the Directive in order to spread the spread of the disease.

In order to prevent any unnecessary disruption of intra-Union trade and to avoid unjustified barriers to trade by third countries, it is necessary to identify at Union level an area infected with African swine fever in Germany in cooperation with that Member State. Accordingly, the infected area in Germany is listed in the Annex to this decision. The decision will be implemented until November 30, 2020.

 

01.10.2020

Plant production 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1361 of 30 September 2020 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/2019 as regards certain plants for planting of Malus domestica, originating in Serbia and certain plants for planting of Acer japonicum Thunberg, Acer palmatum Thunberg and Acer shirasawanum Koidzumi, originating in New Zealand.

On July 31, 2019, Serbia submitted a request to the Commission for the export to the Union of one-year and two-year-old bare root, grafted plants for planting, which belong to the species Malus domestica.

On May 13, 2020, the European Food Safety Authority (the “Agency”) published a scientific opinion regarding the risk assessment of Malus domestica plants for seedlings originating in Serbia.

Based on this opinion, it is considered that the phytosanitary risk of introduction into the Union of annual and up to two years old rooted, grafted plants for planting belonging to the species Malus domestica, originating from Serbia, is reduced to acceptable levels, provided that appropriate measures are applied. mitigating the risk of pests associated with these plants for planting. As such appropriate measures are provided for in point 9 of the Annex to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/2072 (5), those plants for planting should no longer be considered as high-risk plants and should be removed from the Annex to Executive Regulation (EU) 2018/2019.

 

30.09.2020

Rules of origin 

Commission notice concerning the application of the Regional Convention on pan-Euro- Mediterranean preferential rules of origin or the protocols on rules of origin providing.

For the purpose of the application of diagonal cumulation of origin among the Contracting Parties(1) to the Regional Convention on pan-Euro-Mediterranean preferential rules of origin(2) (hereafter referred to as ‘the Convention’), the Parties concerned notify each other, through the European Commission, of the origin rules in force with the other Parties.

It is recalled that diagonal cumulation can only be applied if the Parties of final manufacture and of final destination have concluded free trade agreements, containing identical rules of origin, with all the Parties participating in the acquisition of originating status, i.e. with all the Parties from which the materials used originate. Materials originating in a Party which has not concluded an agreement with the Parties of final manufacture and/or of final destination shall be treated as non- originating. Specific examples are given in the Explanatory Notes concerning the pan-Euro-Mediterranean protocols on rules of origin.

 

29.09.2020

Use of motor vehicles 

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1358 of 28 September 2020 on the application of Directive 2009/103/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to checks on insurance against civil liability in respect of the use of motor vehicles normally based in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

As stated in the submitted Decision, from 19 October 2020, EU Member States will refrain from conducting liability insurance inspections in respect of all types of vehicles normally located in the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the exception of military vehicles registered in that country, during their entry into the Union.

 

28.09.2020

Vehicle exterior lighting 

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1339 of 23 September 2020 on the approval pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2019/631 of the European Parliament and of the Council of efficient vehicle exterior lighting using light emitting diodes as an innovative technology for reducing CO2 emissions from certain light commercial vehicles in relation to the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure.

 

25.09.2020

Animal health control 

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1330, published today in the Official Gazette of the EU, amending the Annex to Implementing Decision 2014/709 / EU regarding animal health control – measures relating to African swine fever in certain EU Member States. Since the date of adoption of Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1316, there have been new outbreaks of African swine fever in domestic pigs in Poland. In addition, the epidemiological situation in certain areas of Poland has improved with regard to domestic pigs, due to the measures applied by this Member State in accordance with Directive 2002/60 / EC. The new parts of the area in Poland where the occurrence of this disease has been detected are listed in Part III of the Annex (Tomaszowski and Lubartowski) while the parts where there has been an improvement are listed in Part II of the Annex.

 

24.09.2020

Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) 

Summary of European Commission Decisions on authorisations for the placing on the market for the use and/or for use of substances listed in Annex XIV to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).

 

24.09.2020

Fatty acids in certain foods 

Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/1322, published today in the Official Journal of the EU amending Regulation (EC) no. 1881/2006 regarding maximum levels of 3-monochloropropanediol (3-MCPD), 3-MCPD fatty acid esters and glycidyl fatty acid esters in certain foods. The regulation states that, given the possible health concerns for newborns and young children, it is appropriate to establish a stricter maximum level of vegetable oils and fats intended for the production of baby food and processed cereal-based foods for newborns and young children. In order to exclude any possible health concerns for infants and young children, in particular taking into account possible exposure to 3-MCPD and its fatty acid esters in infants fed exclusively on infant formula, it is appropriate to establish specific strict maximum levels, depending on whether sold in powder or liquid form, for infant formula, formula and food for special medical purposes intended for infants and young children. Foodstuffs listed under point 4.3 of the Annex to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 1881/2006 which were lawfully placed on the market before 1 January 2021 may still be placed until the date of minimum durability or expiry date. The submitted Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Gazette of the EU.

 

22.09.2020

African swine fever 

Commission Implementing Decision 2020/1316, published today in the Official Gazette of the EU on the amendment of the Annex to Decision 2014/709 / EU regarding animal health control due to measures related to African swine fever in certain Member States. Namely, there were confirmed cases in Poland and Germany, and these areas were added to the list of areas where the infection spread.

 

22.09.2020

Multilateral Action Program for 2020 – Part 2

Commission Implementing Decision of 28.07.2020. on the adoption of the Multilateral Action Program for 2020, Part 2. The maximum contribution of the Union for the implementation of the programs referred to in Article 1 of this Decision is set at EUR 32,000,000 and is financed from the issues entered in the budget line on February 22, 2001. As for IPA II funds, it is available to all economies of the Western Balkans. Details and conditions of use are in the Annex to the Decision.
The focus of the action program for 2020 – Part 2 is largely based on:
1) Supporting sustainable connectivity by providing funds for the implementation of sustainable green recovery and green economic growth in the Western Balkans.
2) Promoting regional cooperation and good neighborly relations, with a focus on a) culture, strengthening the role of creative industries; and b) dealing with the criminal responsibility and rights of victims of the 1990s conflict in the former Yugoslavia.
3) Linking competitiveness and inclusive economic growth by supporting the primary trade pillar of the Regional Economic Area in relation to non-tariff measures and dispute resolution, cooperation on quality infrastructure and e-commerce; yes,
4) Supporting security by strengthening the Western Balkans’ response to the fight against organized crime and terrorism, strengthening cooperation and capacity within the region in the fight against illegal possession, abuse and trafficking of small arms and light weapons and their municipality.
This Action Program was developed in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. In line with the Communication on the EU Global Response to COVID-5 5, some parts of the IPA II initiative will play an important role in supporting crisis adaptation and mitigation, in particular: a) making the socio-economic model resilient to environmental, health and economic threats; b) increasing the prospects for growth, employment and job creation; and c) addressing issues affecting the supply and facilitation of the movement of goods within the region, as well as between the region and the EU.

 

21.09.2020

Fees charged by the European Securities Authority

Today, the Official Gazette of the EU published a set of acts aimed at regulating the conditions and amount of fees charged by the European Securities Authority to central counterparties established in third countries (non-EU countries), as follows:

  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/1302of 14 July 2020 supplementing Regulation (EU) no. 648/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council regarding fees charged by the European Securities and Markets Authority to CCPs established in third countries.
    • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/1303 of 14 July 2020 amending Regulation (EU) no. 648/2012 The European Parliament and of the Council regarding the criteria that ESMA should take into account to determine that a CCP established in a third country is systemically important or likely to become systemically important for the financial stability of the Union or one or more of its Member States.
    • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/1304 of 14 July 2020 supplementing Regulation (EU) no. Regulation (EU) No 648/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the minimum elements to be initiated by ESMA during the third country request procedure for Contracting Parties compares compliance and the modalities and conditions of that assessment.

 

18.09.2020

Foreign direct investment in the EU 

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/1298 of 13 July 2020 amending the Annex to Regulation (EU) 2019/452 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a framework for the screening of foreign direct investments into the Union.

The Horizon 2020 partnerships in the form of the Union’s participation in programs undertaken by several Member States, instruments such as Joint Undertakings or bodies such as the European Institute of Innovation and Technology are explicitly mentioned.

These partnerships play an important role in EU health emergency actions, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, as they support  public health research and innovation, initiatives to improve the efficacy, effectiveness and quality of medicines, the development process and partnerships between private sector and academic communities in order to improve the sustainability of health systems.

The providers of the mentioned Programs are given in the forwarded regulations, and their application starts the day after the publication in the Official Gazette of the EU.

 

17.09.2020

Plant Products – Active Substances 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1295 of 16 September 2020 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/408 as regards the inclusion of the active substances carbetamide, emamectin, flurochloridone, gamma-cyhalothrin, halosulfuron‐methyl, ipconazole and tembotrione in the list of candidates for substitution.

The Regulation shall enter into force 20 days after the day of its publication in the Official Gazette.

 

16.09.2020

Approval of the active substance 

Commission Implementing Regulation 2020/1293 of 15 September 2020 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) No 540/2011 as regards the conditions of approval of the active substance azadirachtin.

The Regulation shall enter into force 20 days after its publication in the Official Gazette.

 

15.09.2020

Animal health control measures 

Commission Implementing Decision 2020/1283 of 14 September 2020 amending the Annex to Implementing Decision 2014/709/EU concerning animal health control measures relating to African swine fever in certain Member States.

In relation to the last Decision, cases of this contagious disease have been reported in Slovakia.

 

15.09.2020

Plant Products – Active Substances 

Commission Implementing Regulation 2020/1281 of 14 September 2020 concerning the non-approval of the active substance ethametsulfuron-methyl, in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market.

This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

 

15.09.2020

Plant Products – Active Substances 

Commission Implementing Regulation 2020/1280 of 14 September 2020 concerning the non-renewal of the approval of the active substance benalaxyl, in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market, and amending the Annex to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 540/2011.

EU Member States will withdraw approvals for plant protection products containing benalaxyl as an active substance by 5 April 2021.

Any grace period approved by the Member States in accordance with Article 46 of Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007. 1107/2009 expires on October 5, 2021.

 

14.09.2020

Plant Products – Active Substances 

Commission Implementing Regulation 2020/1276 of 11 September 2020 concerning the non-renewal of the approval of the active substance bromoxynil, in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market, and amending the Annex to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 540/2011.

 

11.09.2020

Plant Products – Active Substances 

Commission Implementing Regulation 2020/1263, published today in the Official Gazette of the EU, concerning the approval of the active substance sodium hydrogen carbonate as a low-risk substance, in connection with the placing of plant products on the market. The Regulation shall enter into force 20 days after its publication in the Official Gazette.

 

08.09.2020

African swine fever 

Commission Implementing Decision 2020/1257 concerning measures relating to African swine fever in certain Member States. Namely, there have been new cases of the disease in Poland. The amended list of areas with increased risk is in the Annex and forms an integral part of the forwarded Decision.

 

08.09.2020

Maximum Levels of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons 

Commission Regulation 2020/1255, published today in the Official Gazette of the EU, amending Regulation (EC) no. 1881/2006 regarding maximum levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) in traditionally smoked meat and smoked meat products and traditionally smoked fish and smoked fish products and establishing maximum levels of PAH powder from food of plant origin used for preparation of beverages. Namely, it has been established that in some Member States it is not possible to achieve minimum levels of PAH, and those Member States may approve the placing on the market of smoked meat and smoked meat products with higher PAH, and Latvia, Finland and Sweden are allowed to place smoked fish with higher PAH level. The Regulation shall enter into force 20 days after its publication in the Official Gazette.

 

07.09.2020

COUNCIL RECOMMENDATION 

Council Recommendation on a coordinated approach to the restriction of free movement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

The European Commission today adopted a proposal for a Council Recommendation to ensure that all measures taken by EU member states restricting free movement due to the coronavirus pandemic are coordinated and clearly communicated at EU level. The aim of the adopted proposal is to introduce uniform treatment of EU member states regarding the issue of freedom of movement during the pandemic. As this is a recommendation, it does not oblige Member States to act.
The Commission proposal identifies four key areas in which Member States should work more closely together:
-Common criteria and thresholds for Member States when deciding whether to introduce travel restrictions;
-Mapping common criteria using an agreed color code;
-Common framework for measures applicable to travelers from high-risk areas;
-Clear and timely information on all restrictions

You can find the whole proposal in the PDF file of the heading.

 

04.09.2020

Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) 

Summary of decisions of the European Commission, published today in the Official Gazette of the EU, on marketing authorizations for the use and / or use of substances listed in Annex KSIV to Regulation (EC) no. Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Approval and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).

 

03.09.2020

Production of Plastic Materials 

Commission Regulation 2020/1245, published today in the Official Gazette of the EU, on the amendment and correction of Regulation (EU) no. 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food. Commission Regulation 10/2011 lays down special rules concerning plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food. In particular, Annex I establishes a list of substances that can be used in the manufacture of plastic materials and food contact articles, while Annex II establishes additional restrictions that apply to plastic materials and articles. Since the last amendment to the Regulation, the European Food Safety Authority (the “Agency”) has published further scientific opinions on certain substances that may be used in food contact materials (“FCM”), as well as on the use of already approved substances. In addition, there were some ambiguities in the application of the Regulation. In order to ensure that the Regulation takes into account the latest findings of the Authority and to remove any doubts as to its proper application, the Regulation should be amended and corrected. The Regulation shall apply for 20 days from the day of its publication in the Official Gazette.

 

03.09.2020

Plant Protection on the Market 

Commission Implementing Regulation 2020/1246, published today in the Official Journal of the EU, regarding the non-renewal of the authorization of the active substance fenamiphos, in accordance with Regulation (EC) no. Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market. Namely, the European Food Safety Authority has identified a number of problems with this substance, which primarily concern health risks for consumers. EU member states will withdraw their authorizations by March 23, 2021. The regulation enters into force 20 days after its publication in the Official Journal of the EU.

 

01.09.2020

Transport of Dangerous Goods 

Commission Implementing  Decision 2020/1241 approving the derogations of various EU Member States for the transport of dangerous goods across their territory. A list of derogations by EU member states can be found in the Annex.

 

28.08.2020

Animal Health Control – African Swine Fever 

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1233, published today in the Official Journal of the EU, on amendments to the Annex to Implementing Decision 2014/709 / EU on animal health control measures related to African swine fever in certain EU Member States.

Since the date of adoption of the last Executive Decision (EU) 2020/1211, new outbreaks of African swine fever have occurred in domestic pigs in Poland and Slovakia in August.

The annex to the decision in question, which forms an integral part of this regulation, has been amended in accordance with the above-mentioned outbreaks of African swine fever.

 

28.08.2020

Automotive Industry – Innovative Technology 

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1232, published today in the Official Journal of the EU, on the approval of the efficient function of generators used in 12-volt motor generators for use in passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, including certain hybrid electric vehicles and vehicles can use alternative fuels, as an innovative technology in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2019/631 of the European Parliament and of the Council.

Given that this is an innovative technology proposed by the largest European and world manufacturers in the automotive industry, I hope that the published Decision will be of interest to companies in this industry.

This Decision shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Gazette of the EU.

 

28.08.2020

Bilateral Investment Treaties 

Information on the entry into force of the Agreement on the Termination of Bilateral Investment Agreements between the Member States of the European Union was published today in the Official Gazette of the EU.

The Agreement on the Termination of Bilateral Investment Agreements between the Member States of the European Union was signed in Brussels on May 5, 2020, and will enter into force on August 29, 2020, in accordance with Article 16, paragraph 1 of the Agreement.

 

27.08.2020

Innovative Technology 

Commission Executive Decision (EU) 2020/1222, published today in the Official Journal of the EU on the approval of efficient external spraying of vehicles uses light emitting diodes as innovative technologies to reduce CO2 emissions from light commercial vehicles with internal combustion in terms of NEDC conditions in accordance with the EU Regulation ) 2019/631 of the European Parliament and of the Council.

Given that this is an innovative technology by the largest European manufacturer in the automotive industry, I hope that it will be published. The decision will be of interest to companies in this industry.

 

24.08.2020

European Commission – Press release 

Rules of origin: EU to enhance preferential trade with Pan-Euro-Mediterranean (PEM) countries

Information related to the package of proposals adopted by the European Commission today, which aim to increase trade between the European Union and neighboring countries in the Pan-Mediterranean region (PEM) and thus contribute to economic recovery after the coronavirus outbreak. Today’s proposals will modernize the EU’s preferential trade agreements with 20 PEM trading partners by making the relevant “rules of origin” in those agreements more flexible and business-friendly.

These proposals amend the EU’s bilateral agreements with the following countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, the Faroe Islands, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo.

These provisions will facilitate the benefits of trade preferences, such as:

– Simpler product-specific rules, such as the removal of cumulative requirements, thresholds for local added value, tailored to EU production needs and a new double transformation of textiles;
– Increased tolerance thresholds for non-originating materials, from 10% to 15%;
– Introduction of “full” cumulation, under which the production operations required to acquire origin for most products could be divided into several countries;
– Possibility of duty drawback (repayment of customs duties on import components) for most products to help EU exporters compete.

 

21.08.2020

African swine fever 

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1211 (EU) 2020/1211 of 20 August 2020 amending the Annex to Implementing Decision 2014/709/EU concerning animal health control measures relating to African swine fever in certain Member States. The change refers to the appearance of African swine fever in certain areas of Poland, Lithuania and Slovakia.

 

18.08.2020

Dicofol 

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/1204 of 9 June 2020 amending Annex I to Regulation (EU) 2019/1021 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the listing of dicofol.

 

18.08.2020

Dicofol 

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/1204 of 9 June 2020 amending Annex I to Regulation (EU) 2019/1021 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the listing of dicofol.

 

18.08.2020

Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid 

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/1203 of 9 June 2020 amending Annex I to Regulation (EU) 2019/1021 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the entry for perfluorooctane sulfonic acid and its derivatives (PFOS).

 

17.08.2020

L-cysteine hydrochloride monohydrate 

Corrigendum to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1175 of 7 August 2020 concerning the authorisation of L-cysteine hydrochloride monohydrate produced by fermentation with Escherichia coli KCCM 80180 and Escherichia coli KCCM 80181 as a feed additive for all animal species.

 

17.08.2020

Xylella fastidiosa 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1201 of 14 August 2020 as regards measures to prevent the introduction into and the spread within the Union of Xylella fastidiosa (Wells et al.).

 

12.08.2020

Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) 

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1191 of 11 August 2020 establishing measures to prevent the introduction into and the spread within the Union of Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) and repealing Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/1615.

 

11.08.2020

Coronavirus: Eight macro-financial assistance programmes agreed to support enlargement and neighbourhood partners 

European Commission – Press release

The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, has agreed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on macro-financial assistance (MFA) programmes with eight partners. The agreements are part of the €3 billion MFA package for ten enlargement and neighbourhood partners, aimed to help them limit the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

 

11.08.2020

Temporary restriction on non-essential travel into the EU 

Council Recommendation (EU) 2020/1186 of 7 August 2020 amending Council Recommendation (EU) 2020/912 on the temporary restriction on non-essential travel into the EU and the possible lifting of such restriction. Republic of Serbia is not on the list.

 

11.08.2020

Animal health control measures 

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1185 of 10 August 2020 amending the Annex to Implementing Decision 2014/709/EU concerning animal health control measures relating to African swine fever in certain Member States.

Commission Implementing Decision 2014/709 / EU (4) lays down animal health control measures in relation to African swine fever in certain Member States, where cases of that disease have been confirmed in domestic or
wild boar (Member States concerned). The Annex to that Implementing Decision defines and lists certain areas of the Member States concerned in Parts I to IV thereof, differing in the level of risk based on
the epidemiological situation related to that disease. The Annex to Implementing Decision 2014/709 / EU has been amended several times to take account of changes in the epidemiological situation in the Union in relation to African swine fever, which must be reflected in that Annex. The annex to the Implementing Decision 2014/709 / EU was the last
amended by Commission Executive Decision (EU) 2020/1150 (5), following a change in the epidemiological change of the disease situation in Lithuania, Poland and Slovakia.

 

11.08.2020

Technical and scientific progress  

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/1182 of 19 May 2020 amending, for the purposes of its adaptation to technical and scientific progress, Part 3 of Annex VI to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labeling and packaging of substances and mixtures.

 

10.08.2020

Aquaculture animals and their products   

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1179 of 6 August 2020 amending Annex I to Decision 2009/177/EC as regards the status of the Province of Åland in Finland as regards a surveillance programme for viral haemorrhagic septicaemia (VHS), of Estonia as regards a surveillance and eradication programme for viral haemorrhagic septicaemia (VHS) and infectious haematopoetic necrosis (IHN), of Croatia for koi herpes virus (KHV) disease and of certain areas in the United Kingdom for infection with Bonamia ostreae.

Whereas the present decision concerns the health requirements for aquaculture animals and their products and the prevention and control of certain diseases in aquatic animals, Articles 1 and 2 of the Decision list the areas in which some of the listed infectious diseases have been detected.

 

10.08.2020

Authorisation of L-cysteine hydrochloride monohydrate 

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1175 of 7 August 2020 concerning the authorisation of L-cysteine hydrochloride monohydrate produced by fermentation with Escherichia coli KCCM 80180 and Escherichia coli KCCM 80181 as a feed additive for all animal species.

The substances listed in the Annex, which belong to the category of additives “sensory additives” and to the functional group “aromatic compounds”, are permitted as food additives in animal nutrition under the conditions laid down in that Annex.

 

10.08.2020

Protection against dumped and subsidised imports from non EU members countries  

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/1173 of 4 June 2020 amending Regulation (EU) 2016/1036 on protection against dumped imports from countries not members of the European Union and Regulation (EU) 2016/1037 on protection against subsidised imports from countries not members of the European Union as regards the duration of the period of pre-disclosure.

The changes apply to the following:

  • Union producers, importers and exporters and their representative associations and representatives of exporting countries may request information on the planned imposition of provisional duties. Requests for such information must be made in writing within the time limit specified in the notice of initiation. Such information will be provided to them four weeks before the imposition of provisional measures. Such information shall include: a summary of the proposal, for information purposes only and details of the calculation of the dumping margin and the margin adequate to eliminate injury to the Union industry, taking into account the need to respect confidentiality obligations. In cases where no interim obligation is intended but an investigation is continued, interested parties shall be notified of the failure to perform their duties four weeks before the expiry of the time limit referred to in Article 7 (1) for the imposition of provisional duties.
  • Union producers, importers and exporters and their representative associations, as well as the country of origin and / or Export, may request information on the planned imposition of provisional duties. Requests for such information must be made in writing within the time limit specified in the notice of initiation. Such information will be provided to them four weeks before the imposition of provisional measures. Such information shall include: a summary proposed for information purposes only and details for the calculation of the amount of the countervailable subsidy and the margin adequate to eliminate the injury to the Union industry. The parties have three working days from the delivery of such information to comment on the accuracy of the calculation. In cases where no interim obligation is intended but an investigation is ongoing, interested parties shall be notified of the failure to perform their duties four weeks before the expiry of the time limit referred to in Article 12 (1) for the imposition of provisional duties.

 

07.08.2020

Vehicle Exterior Lighting 

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1168 amending Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/587 as regards efficient vehicle exterior lighting using light emitting diodes in passenger cars capable of running on certain alternative fuels.

 

07.08.2020

Eco-Innovation 

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1167 on the approval of the technology used in a 48 Volt efficient motor-generator combined with a 48 Volt/12 Volt DC/DC converter for use in conventional combustion engine and certain hybrid electric passenger cars and light commercial vehicles as an innovative technology pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2019/631 of the European Parliament and of the Council.

 

06.08.2020

Approval of Substances 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1160, amending Implementing Regulation (EU) No 540/2011 as regards the extension of the approval periods of the active substances aluminium ammonium sulphate, aluminium silicate, blood meal, calcium carbonate, carbon dioxide, extract from tea tree, fat distillation residues, fatty acids C7 to C20, garlic extract, gibberellic acid, gibberellins, hydrolysed proteins, iron sulphate, kieselgur (diatomaceous earth), plant oils/rape seed oil, potassium hydrogen carbonate, quartz sand, fish oil, repellents by smell of animal or plant origin/sheep fat, Straight Chain Lepidopteran Pheromones, tebuconazole and urea.

 

06.08.2020

Import of Animal Feed and Food 

Implementing Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/1158, published today in the Official Gazette of the EU, on the conditions governing the import of food and feed originating in third countries following the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

Given that the list of countries covered by the Regulation, which are listed in Article 1, includes Serbia, as well as all the economies of the Western Balkans, please read the Regulation attached.

The Regulation applies to food, including small food and feed within the meaning of Article 1 of Regulation (Euratom) 2016/52, originating in or dispatched from third countries listed in Annex I to this Regulation (“products”) intended for placing on the market Union.

 

04.08.2020

Animal Health Control  

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1150, published today in the Official Gazette of the EU, on amendments to the Annex to Executive Decision 2014/709 / EU on animal health control measures related to African swine fever in certain EU Member States

Since the date of adoption of Executive Decision (EU) 2020/1107, new outbreaks of African swine fever have occurred in domestic pigs in Lithuania and Poland and in feral pigs in Poland and Slovakia.

 

04.08.2020

Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) 

Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/1149, published today in the Official Gazette of the EU, on amendments to Annex XVII of Regulation (EC) no. Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as regards diisocyanates.

The Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the EU.

 

03.08.2020

Electrical Devices

Implementing Regulation 2020/1146, concerning the amendment of harmonized standards for certain household appliances, thermal connections, equipment in cable networks for television signals, sound signals and interactive services, switches, arc extinguishing and welding, installation couplings intended for permanent connection in fixed installations, transformers, reactors, power supply units and combinations, electrically conductive vehicle charging system, cable conductors and control devices, control circuit devices, switching elements, emergency lighting, electronic circuits used with lamps and empty lamps. The Implementing Regulation shall enter into force on the day of its publication in the Official Gazette.

 

31.07.2020

Minimum Requirements on Maximum Daily and Weekly Driving Times

Regulation 2020/1054, which concerns the minimum requirements for maximum daily and weekly driving time, minimum breaks and daily and weekly rest periods.
Namely, the existing requests for breaks proved to be inappropriate and impractical for drivers. It is therefore appropriate to adapt the request to record a break to the specifics of the transport operations carried out by drivers, without compromising driver safety and road safety.

Drivers engaged in the international transport of goods spend longer periods outside their homes. Current requests for regular weekly rest may unnecessarily extend those periods. It is therefore desirable to adjust the provisions on regular weekly rest so that it is easier for drivers to perform international transport in accordance with the rules and to reach their home during their regular weekly rest, and to be fully compensated for all reduced weekly rest. Given the differences between passenger and freight transport, this possibility should not apply to drivers engaged in passenger transport.

You can see all the specific changes in the attachment. The Regulation shall enter into force 20 days after the day of its publication in the Official Gazette, and item 15 of Article 1 and item 12 of Article 2 of 31.12.2024.

 

31.07.2020

Substances and Residues in Animals and Animal Products

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1141 of 29 July 2020 amending Decision 2011/163/EU on the approval of residue monitoring plans submitted by third countries in accordance with Article 29 of Council Directive 96/23/EC

 

28.07.2020

Animal health control measures 

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1107 of 27 July 2020 amending the Annex to Implementing Decision 2014/709/EU concerning animal health control measures relating to African swine fever in certain Member States.

The Annex to the Executive Decision has been amended in accordance with the notification of the occurrence of this contagious disease in Lithuania, Poland and Slovakia.

 

27.07.2020

Approval of the technology used 

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1102 of 24 July 2020 on the approval of the technology used in a 48 Volt efficient motor-generator combined with a 48 Volt/12 Volt DC/DC converter for use in conventional combustion engine and certain hybrid electric passenger cars and light commercial vehicles as an innovative technology pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2019/631 of the European Parliament and of the Council and by reference to the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).

October 24, 2019 manufacturers Audi AG, Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, Daimler AG, FCA Italy SpA, Ford-Werke GmbH, Honda Motor Europe Ltd, Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center GmbH, Jaguar Land Rover LTD ,, Renault, Volkswagen AG, Volkswagen Nutzfahrzeuge and suppliers Valeo Electrical Systems and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation have filed a joint application (“first application”) for approval as an innovative technology technology used in a 48-volt motor unit in combination with 48 Volt / 12 Volt DC / DC converters for use in passenger cars and light commercial vehicles with an internal combustion engine running on petrol or diesel (conventional ICE drivetrain) and in certain hybrid electric vehicles (NOVC-HEV).

 

27.07.2020

Corrigenda 

Corrigendum to Regulation (EU) 2020/740 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 May 2020 on the labelling of tyres with respect to fuel efficiency and other parameters, amending Regulation (EU) 2017/1369 and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1222/2009.

 

27.07.2020

Country specific 

Political and Security Committee Decision (CFSP) 2020/1099 of 16 July 2020 on the acceptance of a third State’s contribution to the European Union military operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina (EUFOR ALTHEA) (BiH/30/2020).

 

27.07.2020

Authorisation of cardamom essential oil from Elettaria cardamomum (L.) Maton 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1098 concerning the authorisation of cardamom essential oil from Elettaria cardamomum (L.) Maton as a feed additive for all animal species.

 

27.07.2020

Authorisation of lutein-rich and lutein/zeaxanthin extract 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1097 concerning the authorisation of lutein-rich and lutein/zeaxanthin extracts from Tagetes erecta as feed additives for poultry (except turkeys) for fattening and laying and for minor poultry species for fattening and laying.

 

27.07.2020

Authorisation of Saccharomyces cerevisiae MUCL 39885 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1096 of 24 July 2020 concerning the renewal of the authorisation of Saccharomyces cerevisiae MUCL 39885 as a feed additive for dairy cows and horses and repealing Regulation (EU) No 1119/2010 (holder of authorisation Prosol S.p.A.).

 

27.07.2020

Authorisation of the preparation of Saccharomyces cerevisiae NCYC R404 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1095 of 24 July 2020 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/502 concerning the authorisation of the preparation of Saccharomyces cerevisiae NCYC R404 as a feed additive for dairy cows

 

27.07.2020

Authorization Saccharomices cerevisiae MUCL 39885 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1094 of 24 July 2020 concerning the renewal of the authorisation of the preparation of Saccharomyces cerevisiae MUCL 39885 as a feed additive for sows and repealing Regulation (EC) No 896/2009 (holder of authorisation Prosol S.p.A.).

 

27.07.2020

Authorisation of Lactococcus lactis 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1092 of 24 July 2020 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1263/2011 as regards the authorisation of Lactococcus lactis (NCIMB 30160) as a feed additive for all animal species.

 

27.07.2020

Authorisation of L-threonine 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1091 of 24 July 2020 concerning the authorisation of L-threonine as a feed additive for all animal species.

This Substance listed in the Annex, which belongs to the category of additives “nutrient additives” and the functional group “amino acids, their salts and analogues”, is approved as an additive in animal nutrition, under the conditions set out in that Annex.

 

27.07.2020

Authorisation of L-histidine monohydrochloride monohydrate 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1090 of 24 July 2020 concerning the authorisation of L-histidine monohydrochloride monohydrate as a feed additive for all animal species.

L-histidine monohydrochloride monohydrate produced from Escherichia coli NITE BP-02526, Corinebacterium glutamicum KCCM 80172 or Corinebacterium glutamicum KCCM 80179 listed in the Annex, which belongs to the category of additives “nutritional supplements” and the functional group food additives in animal nutrition in accordance with the conditions laid down in that Annex.

 

24.07.2020

Council Conclusions 

Council Conclusions on Compliance with the necessary hygiene and infection control measuress to ensure cross border collective passenger transport.

These Conclusions are not binding on Member States, but propose measures that Member States can put in place to ensure the health safety of workers and passengers in cross-border transport.

It is proposed to promote measures such as:

– where circumstances allow, all passengers should be kept at a safe distance from other people, with the exception of members of their family or household with whom they travel;

– where technically feasible, include all possibilities to reduce physical contact, for example, greater use of digital maps and digital map inspections;

– facilitate border crossing procedures in order to minimize contact between staff and passengers as much as possible within the existing framework;

– unless other technical or organizational measures can be taken to maintain physical contact at a distance, it is proposed that, in accordance with national infection control measures, passengers cover their mouths and noses in all means of transport operating in cross-border passenger transport (vehicles, trains) , vessels and aircraft, access points and embarkation and disembarkation infrastructure);

– adequate fresh air circulation and regular fresh air supply should be provided in all means of transport;
a means of transport providing cross-border services;

– cleaning should be intensified on all means of transport operating cross-border passenger transport (vehicles, trains, vessels and planes, access points and boarding and disembarkation infrastructure) and, where cleaning has already been carried out, maintain a high standard of cleanliness; this may include making disinfectants available.

 

24.07.2020

Plant Protection Products 

Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/1085, published today in the Official Journal of the EU, amending Annexes II and V to Regulation (EC) no. Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards maximum residue levels for chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl in or on certain products. All existing approvals for plant protection products containing chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl have been revoked. This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union. It shall apply from 6 August 2020.

 

24.07.2020

Biocidal Products 

Commission Implementing Regulation 2020/1086, published today in the Official Gazette of the EU, on the approval of icaridine as an existing active substance for use in biocidal products of product type 19. The Annex to the Regulation has been amended in accordance with the published approval and is an integral part of the attached Annex. This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

 

21.07.2020

Conclusions of the Special Meeting of the European Council 

Conclusions of the Special Meeting of the European Council (17, 18, 19, 20 and 21 July 2020)

The conclusions represent a balanced solution that satisfies the interests and positions of all eu member states. It is a comprehensive package that combines the EU budget for the period 2021-2027 and the Recovery Package intended to address the consequences of the crisis caused by the fall. The conclusions represent an agreement between the prime ministers / presidents of the 27 EU member states, following an extraordinary EU summit that lasted the previous four days. This proposal will be voted on by the European Parliament and, if adopted, will be considered final. In the Decision on its own resources, the European Commission will be authorized to lend funds on the capital markets on behalf of the Union up to the amount of 750 billion. These funds can be used only for the purpose of repairing the consequences of the COVID-19 crisis. Of this amount, EUR 360 billion at 2018 prices and EUR 390 billion in 2018 prices are planned for loans. Repayment is planned in accordance with the principle of good financial standing of management, in order to ensure a permanent and predictable reduction of liabilities by 31 December 2058.
The EU budget proposal for the period 2021-2027 amounts to EUR 1.074.3 billion. The MFF for the period 2021-2027 will have the following structure:
– Title 1 “Single Market, Innovation and Digital Market”;
– Title 2 “Cohesion, resilience and values” which will contain a subtitle for economic, social and territorial cohesion and a subtitle for resilience and values;
– Title 3 “Natural resources and the environment” which will include a sub-ceiling for market expenditure and direct payments;
– Title 4 “Migration and border management”;
– Title 5 “Security and Defense”;
– Title 6 “Neighborhood and the World”;
– Title 7 “European Public Administration” which will include a sub-ceiling for the administrative expenditure of the institutions.

 

21.07.2020

Substances and Pesticides 

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/1068, published today in the Official Gazette of the EU amending Annexes I and V of Regulation (EU) no. 649/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the export and import of dangerous chemicals. The Commission has decided not to renew the approval of the substances chlorothalonil, chlorpropham, desmedipham, dimethaate, dicat, ethoprophos, phenamidone, flurtamone, oxasulfuron, propineb, pymetrozine and quinoxyfen as active substances in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006. 1107/2009 The European Parliament and the Council, provided that these substances are prohibited for any use in the “pesticides” category due to the absence of any other use in that category. This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union. It shall apply from 1 September 2020.

 

21.07.2020

Wireless Access Points 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1070, published today in the Official Gazette of the EU on determining the characteristics of wireless access points for small areas in accordance with Article 57 (2) of Directive (EU) 2018/1972 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a European Code for electronic communications. This Regulation determines the physical and technical characteristics of wireless access points of small areas in accordance with Article 57, paragraph 1. Directive (EU) 2018/1972. This Regulation does not apply to wireless access points of small areas with an active antenna system. Wireless access points for small areas referred to in Article 57, paragraph 1, subparagraph of Directive (EU) 2018/1972 must comply with the requirements of the European standard set out in point B of the Annex to this Regulation and: (a) be fully and securely integrated into its support structure and therefore invisible to the general public; or (b) meet the conditions laid down in point A of the Annex to this Regulation. This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union. It shall apply from 21 December 2020.

 

17.07.2020

Animal Health Control Measures 

EU Executive Decision 2020/1053, published today in the Official Gazette of the EU on Amendments to the Annex to Executive Decision 2014/709 / EU on Animal Health Control Measures in Relation to African Swine Fever in Certain Member States. The Annex to the Decision was amended in accordance with the occurrence of this contagious disease in domestic pigs in Slovakia and feral pigs in Hungary and Poland. In addition, the epidemiological situation in certain areas of Poland has improved with regard to domestic pigs, as a result of the measures applied by that Member State in accordance with Directive 2002/60 / EC.

 

17.07.2020

Guidelines on seasonal workers in the EU in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak 

Communication from the Commission – Guidelines on seasonal workers in the EU in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

17.07.2020

Restriction on non-essential travel into the EU 

Council Recommendation (EU) 2020/1052 of 16 July 2020 amending Council Recommendation (EU) 2020/912 on the temporary restriction on non-essential travel into the EU and the possible lifting of such restriction.

 

16.07.2020

Biocidal Products 

Implementing Commission Decision (EU) 2020/1038, published today in the Official Journal of the EU on the postponement of the expiry date of the authorization of creosote for use in type 8 biocidal products. The expiry date of the approval of acrolein for use in biocidal products of type 12 is postponed to 31 October 2021. This Decision shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

 

16.07.2020

Biocidal Products 

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1037 of 15 July 2020 postponing the expiry date of approval of acrolein for use in biocidal products of product-type 12. The expiry date of the approval of acrolein for use in biocidal products of type 12 is postponed to 28 February 2023. This Decision shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

 

16.07.2020

Substances in Biocidal Products 

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1036 of 15 July 2020 on the non-approval of certain active substances in biocidal products pursuant to Regulation (EU) No 528/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council.

13.07.2020

Country Specific – Bosnia and Herzegovina 

Decision of Political and Security Committees 2020/1010, published today in the Official Gazette of the EU, on the appointment of the EU Operation Commander for the EU military operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the repeal of Decision 2019/264 (BiH / 29/2020). Major General Brice HOUDET, Vice President of the General Staff of the Allied Powers Europe, succeeded Lieutenant General Olivier RITTIMANN as Commander of the EU Operation for the European Union Military Operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina on July 18, 2020.

 

10.07.2020

Animal health control 

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1005 of 9 July 2020 amending the Annex to Implementing Decision 2014/709/EU concerning animal health control measures relating to African swine fever in certain Member States

 

09.07.2020

Country specific Kosovo* – Meat Products 

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/981 of 7 July 2020 amending Annex II to Decision 2007/777/EC as regards the entry for Kosovo* in the list of third countries or parts thereof from which the introduction into the Union of meat products and treated stomachs, bladders and intestines is authorised and amending Annex III to that Decision as regards the model certificate for imports of those products from third countries

 

08.07.2020

Controls on the production of organic products due to the COVID-19 pandemic 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/977 of 7 July 2020 derogating from Regulations (EC) No 889/2008 and (EC) No 1235/2008 as regards controls on the production of organic products due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The essence of the submitted Regulation explains the deviations from certain articles of the Regulation from 2008, regarding low-risk operators, due to the impossibility of conducting physical inspections (due to the COVID 19 pandemic) for the purpose of annual inspections and renewal of documentary evidence of organic operators. In these cases, instead of physical control, proving is done by submitting documentation and any available means of distance communication.

With regard to operators, and in relation to operators wishing to adhere to organic production schemes for the first time and in all other cases, such as retroactive recognition, to a movement restriction event caused by national measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic, physical inspection of the member is performed as soon as control and certification of activities may continue in the Member States and in the third country concerned, following the completion of national measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Until then, documentary checks are issued for the purpose of annual inspection and renewal of documentary evidence of organic operators and retroactive identification, can be performed when necessary, also by any available means of distance communication.

 

07.07.2020

Novel Food 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/973 of 6 July 2020 authorising a change of the conditions of use of the novel food ‛protein extract from pig kidneys’ and amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2470.

As it is primarily a supplement in the form of a pipula that is used as a food supplement for medical purposes, I considered that this is primarily information of interest to manufacturers of medical practice.

The authorization of this novel food in the form of a supplement essentially gives permission for placing this product on the EU market, in compliance with the rules of labeling of this product, which are also an integral part of the submitted Regulation.

The Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following its publication in the Official Journal of the EU.

 

06.07.2020

Plant Protection Products 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/968 of 3 July 2020 renewing the approval of the active substance pyriproxyfen in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market, and amending the Annex to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 540/2011

 

02.07.2020

Country Specific Serbia – BSE Status 

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/919 of 30 June 2020 amending the Annex to Decision 2007/453/EC as regards the BSE status of Serbia

 

01.07.2020

Wireless Communications 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/911 of 30 June 2020 specifying the characteristics of small-area wireless access points pursuant to Article 57(2) of Directive (EU) 2018/1972 of the European Parliament and the Council establishing the European Electronic Communications Code

 

30.06.2020.

Substances in Plant Protection Products 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/892 of 29 June 2020 concerning the non-renewal of the approval of the active substance beta-cyfluthrin, in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market, and amending the Annex to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 540/2011

 

30.06.2020.

Cross-Border Cooperation Programs 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/891 of 26 June 2020 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) No 447/2014 as regards specific provisions to align the provisions for the implementation of cross-border cooperation programmes financed under the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) with specific measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

 

30.06.2020.

Country Specific – North Macedonia 

Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/904 of 29 June 2020 amending Decision (CFSP) 2017/1424 as regards the expiry date for support of OSCE activities relating to the reduction of small arms, light weapons and conventional ammunition in the Republic of North Macedonia and in Georgia

 

30.06.2020.

STEEL PRODUCTS IMPORT 

Implementing Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/894, published today in the Official Gazette of the EU, which amends the Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/159 on the subject of introducing definitive protective measures for the import of certain steel products into the EU. Regulation shall enter into force tomorrow, July 1, 2020. The accompanying Annexes to the Regulation clearly state the permitted quantities of imports of certain steel products, as well as the amounts of customs duties after the quotas have been used up.

 

26.06.2020.

Public Health – Chemical Product 

Commission Regulation 2020/878, published today in the Official Gazette of the EU, amending Annex II of Regulation (EC) no. Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).

Annex II refers to the requirements for the compilation of safety data sheets providing information on chemical substances and mixtures in the Union. Regulation (EU) 2018/1881 introduces special requirements for nanoform substances. As information on these requirements should be included in the safety data sheets, Annex II of Regulation (EC) no. Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 should be amended accordingly. Also, the unique identifier of the formula must be stated only in the safety data sheet, considering the danger of the mixture delivered for use on industrial sites. Specific concentration limits, multiplication factors and acute toxicity estimates are relevant for the safe use of substances and mixtures and should therefore be noted, if available.

 

26.06.2020.

Union Customs Code 

Delegating Regulation 2020/877, published today in the Official Gazette of the EU, which amends certain articles of the rules of the Customs Code of the Union. The amendments concern the definition of the customs authority of entry into the Union, express shipment, express carrier, essential value of the shipment, goods moved or used in the context of military activities, EU 302 forms, ship waste, maritime national single window, violations of tax and customs legislation, derogation for the calculation of the amount of import duty for processed products.

The changes were made primarily with regard to goods needed for the army in accordance with the mobility pact, but also contains changes to general rules that may be of interest to members of the Association, as well as in the context of continuous harmonization of national legislation in PG 29 with EU rules.

This Regulation shall enter into force on the 20th day following that of its publication in the Official Journal, except for Article 1 (13) (b) and Article 1 (16) (b) (i), which shall apply from 15.03.2020.

 

26.06.2020.

Agricultural and Industrial products 

Council Regulation (EU) 2020/875 of 15 June 2020 amending Regulation (EU) No 1388/2013 quotas of the Union for certain agricultural and industrial products.

 

26.06.2020.

Customs Tariff

Council Regulation (EU) 2020/874 of 15 June 2020 amending Regulation (EU) No 1387/2013 suspending the autonomous Common Customs Tariff duties on certain agricultural and industrial products.

 

26.06.2020.

African swine fever 

Commission implementing decision (EU) 2020/883 of 25 June 2020 amending the Annex to Implementing Decision 2014/709/EU concerning animal health control measures relating to African swine fever in certain Member States.

 

25.06.2020.

European Border and Coast Guard Agency in the Republic of Serbia 

Council decision (EU) 2020/865 of 26 May 2020 on the conclusion of the Status Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Serbia on actions carried out by the European Border and Coast Guard Agency in the Republic of Serbia.

Status Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Serbia on actions carried out by the European Border and Coast Guard Agency in the Republic of Serbia

 

25.06.2020

Classification of certain goods in the Combined Nomenclature 

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/868 of 18 June 2020 repealing Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1140 concerning the classification of certain goods in the Combined Nomenclature.

Namely, the European Court of Justice concluded in its judgment that two products were classified, one in the form of a self-heating flash and the other in the form of a self-heating phenomenon for pain relief, under CN code 3824 90 96 as other chemical products or prepared incorrectly. Accordingly, Implementing Regulation 2016/1140 which divided the classification of these products from repeal, and the decision enters into force after publication in the Official Gazette.

 

19.06.2020

Animal health control 

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/860 of 18 June 2020 amending the Annex to Implementing Decision 2014/709/EU concerning animal health control measures relating to African swine fever in certain Member States

 

19.06.2020

Levels of pesticides in food 

Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/856 of 9 June 2020 amending Annexes II and III to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards maximum residue levels for cyantraniliprole, cyazofamid, cyprodinil, fenpyroximate, fludioxonil, fluxapyroxad, imazalil, isofetamid, kresoxim-methyl, lufenuron, mandipropamid, propamocarb, pyraclostrobin, pyriofenone, pyriproxyfen and spinetoram in or on certain products

 

19.06.2020

Country specific Bosnia and Herzegovina – Money Laundering 

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/855 of 7 May 2020 amending Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/1675 supplementing Directive (EU) 2015/849 of the European Parliament and of the Council, as regards adding the Bahamas, Barbados, Botswana, Cambodia, Ghana, Jamaica, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar/Burma, Nicaragua, Panama and Zimbabwe to the table in point I of the Annex and deleting Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ethiopia, Guyana, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Sri Lanka and Tunisia from this table

 

18.06.2020

Animal diseases 

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/798 of 17 June 2020 amending Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/47 on protective measures in relation to highly pathogenic avian influenza of subtype H5N8 in certain Member States

 

17.06.2020

European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo* (EULEX KOSOVO) 

Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/792 of 11 June 2020 amending Joint Action 2008/124/CFSP on the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo* (EULEX KOSOVO).

 

16.06.2020

Chromafenozide, fluometuron, pencycuron, sedaxane, tau-fluvalinate and triazoxide 

Commission Delegated Decision 2020/785 of 9 June 2020 amending Annexes II and III to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards maximum residue levels for chromafenozide, fluometuron, pencycuron, sedaxane, tau-fluvalinate and triazoxide in or on certain products.

 

12.06.2020

Tariff quotas 

Commission Delegated Decision 2020/761 of 17 December 2019 laying down rules for the application of Regulations (EU) No 1306/2013, (EU) No 1308/2013 and (EU) No 510/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the management system of tariff quotas with licences.

This refers in particular with regard to: maximum quantities for which applications may be submitted, applications for import and export licenses, details to be entered in certain parts of import and export license applications and licenses, inadmissibility of import and export license applications, guarantee to be provided submitted after the application for an import or export license, the coefficient of distribution and suspension of the application for a license, issuance of import and export licenses, period of validity of import and export licenses, proof of release for free circulation, proof of origin, notification of quantities to the Commission on information related to the LORI electronic system, certificates of authenticity
(CA) and Certificate of Access Monitoring (IMA 1). It also opens tariff quotas for imports and exports for certain agricultural products and lays down special rules for the administration of those tariff quotas.

 

12.06.2020

Tariff quotas 

Commission Delegated Decision 2020/760 of 17 December 2019 supplementing Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the rules for the administration of import and export tariff quotas subject to licences and supplementing Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the lodging of securities in the administration of tariff quotas.

Namely, this Regulation lays down rules that supplement Regulation (EU) no. 1306/2013 and (EU) no. 1308/2013, ie: conditions that the operator must meet in order to submit a request within tariff quotas, rules on transfer of rights between operators, deposit and issue of securities, provision, when necessary, for any special characteristics, requirements or restrictions applicable to tariff quotas; special tariff quotas provided for in Article 185 of Regulation (EU) no. 1308/2013.

The regulations will be applied from January 1, 2021..

 

12.06.2020

Animal Health Control 

Commission Implementing Decision 2020/773 of 11 June 2020 amending the Annex to Implementing Decision 2014/709/EU concerning animal health control measures relating to African swine fever in certain Member States. The Annex to this Decision has been amended in line with the improvement in the occurrence of African swine fever in certain parts of Poland, as well as the detection of new hotspots in this EU Member State.

 

12.06.2020

Myclobutanil, napropamide and sintofense 

EU Regulation 2020/770 of 8 June 2020 amending Annexes II and III to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards maximum residue levels for myclobutanil, napropamide and sintofen in or on certain products.

 

12.06.2020

Use of Annatto, Bixin, Norbixin 

EU Regulation 2020/771 of 11 June 2020 amending Annexes II and III to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council and the Annex to Commission Regulation (EU) No 231/2012 as regards the use of Annatto, Bixin, Norbixin (E 160b).

Annexes II and III to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 are amended in accordance with Annex I of this Regulation. Annex to Regulation (EU) no. 231/2012 is amended in accordance with Annex II of this Regulation.

Until 2 January 2021, food additives Annatto, Bikin, Norbikin (E 160b) may continue to be placed on the market as such in accordance with the rules that were applicable before 2 July 2020.

Until 2 January 2021, food containing Annatto, Bikin, Norbikin (E 160b) that is produced and labeled in accordance with the rules that were applicable before 2 July 2020, may continue to be placed on the market. After that date, they can remain on the market until stocks are depleted.

 

10.06.2020

Specification for food additives 

EU Regulation 2020/763 of 9 June 2020 amending the Annex to Regulation (EU) No 231/2012 laying down specifications for food additives listed in Annexes II and III to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards specifications for tricalcium phosphate (E 341 (iii)). Based on scientific evidence, explained in the preamble of the Regulation, it was concluded that tricalcium phosphate (E 341 (iii)) cannot have an impact on human health and in accordance with this finding, the definition of this additive has been replaced  and can be found in the Regulation from 2012.

 

10.06.2020

Microbiological standards for raw petfood 

EU Regulation 2020/762 of 9 June 2020 amending Regulation (EU) No 142/2011 as regards microbiological standards for raw petfood, requirements concerning approved establishments, technical parameters applicable to the alternative method Brookes’ gasification process and hydrolysis of rendered fats, and exports of processed manure, certain blood, blood products and intermediate products.

 

08.06.2020

Maximum residue levels for chlorate in products 

EU Regulation 2020/749 of 4 June 2020 amending Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards maximum residue levels for chlorate in or on certain products.

The European Food Safety Authority collected data between 2014 and 2018 to investigate the presence of chlorate residues in food and drinking water. These data indicated that chlorate residues were present at levels that often exceed the set MRL of 0.01 mg / kg and that levels varied depending on the source and product.

The agency has adopted a scientific opinion regarding the public health risks associated with the presence of chlorate in food. In this opinion, the Agency established a tolerable daily intake (TDI) of 3 µg / kg body weight per day and an acute reference dose (ARfD) of 36 µg / kg body weight.

The annex to the Regulation gives the permitted amount of chlorate residues in or on food products, according to the type of product.

The regulation enters into force on the twentieth day from the day of its publication in the Official Gazette of the EU, and will be reviewed no later than June 8, 2025.

 

05.06.2020

Regulations 

EU Regulation 2020/740 of the European Parliament and of the Council, published today in the Official Gazette of the EU, on tire labeling with regard to fuel economy and other parameters, amending Regulation (EU) 2017/1369 and repealing Regulation (EC) no. 1222/2009

The regulation establishes a framework for providing harmonized information on tire parameters through labeling to enable end-users to be informed when purchasing tires, in order to increase safety, health and economic and environmental efficiency, by promoting long-lasting and safe low-noise tires that save fuel.

This Regulation applies to C1, C2 and C3 tires placed on the EU market. Detailed information and related annexes form an integral part of the attached Annex.

The regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union and shall apply from 1 May 2021.

 

03.06.2020

Official Journal

Today, 7 acts related to the amendment or implementation of Regulation 2016/429 of the European Parliament and the Council were published in the Official Gazette of the EU. These acts refer to plant and animal products, ie health safety and control of certain diseases.

Link to all 7 acts: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=OJ:L:2020:174:TOC

Acts from Official Journal:
• Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/686 of 17 December 2019 supplementing Regulation (EU) 2016/429 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the approval of germinal product establishments and the traceability and animal health requirements for movements within the Union of germinal products of certain kept terrestrial animals
• Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/687 of 17 December 2019 supplementing Regulation (EU) 2016/429 of the European Parliament and the Council, as regards rules for the prevention and control of certain listed diseases
• Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/688 of 17 December 2019 supplementing Regulation (EU) 2016/429 of the European Parliament and of the Council, as regards animal health requirements for movements within the Union of terrestrial animals and hatching eggs
• Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/689 of 17 December 2019 supplementing Regulation (EU) 2016/429 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards rules for surveillance, eradication programmes, and disease-free status for certain listed and emerging diseases
• Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/690 of 17 December 2019 laying down rules for the application of Regulation (EU) 2016/429 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the listed diseases subject to Union surveillance programmes, the geographical scope of such programmes and the listed diseases for which the disease-free status of compartments may be established
• Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/691 of 30 January 2020 supplementing Regulation (EU) 2016/429 of the European Parliament and of Council as regards rules for aquaculture establishments and transporters of aquatic animals
• Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/692 of 30 January 2020 supplementing Regulation (EU) 2016/429 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards rules for entry into the Union, and the movement and handling after entry of consignments of certain animals, germinal products and products of animal origin

 

02.06.2020

Commission Notice 

Notice of the Commission on the application of energy labeling requirements on electronic screens, household tumble dryers, tumble dryers, refrigeration appliances and household dishwashers and ecodesign requirements for the provision of information for external power supplies.

Commission Delegated Regulations (EU) 2019/2013 (1), (EU) 2019/2014 (2), (EU) 2019/2016 (3) and (EU) 2019/2017 (4) adopted (“Energy Labeling Regulations” ) in 2019 impose new obligations for marking electronic displays, household washing machines, household laundry dryers, refrigeration devices and household dishwashers. These regulations will apply from March 1, 2021, but from November 1, 2020, suppliers must submit a changed label with the products they place on the market, and they must also enter the parameters of the new product information sheet in the product database.

Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/1782 (5) on ecodesign requirements for external power supplies applies from 1 April 2020 and sets out new information requirements to be provided to end-users, market surveillance authorities and other stakeholders. These include redesigning type plates that are placed on equipment that is placed on the market.

 

02.06.2020

Certification of pilots 

Commission delegated regulation (EU) 2020/723 of 4 March 2020 laying down detailed rules with regard to the acceptance of third-country certification of pilots and amending Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011

This Regulation lays down detailed rules for the conditions for the acceptance of pilot licenses and associated ratings, privileges or certificates, as well as related medical certificates issued in accordance with the laws of third countries.

The Regulation regulates the rules of acceptance of licenses from third countries, validation of licenses from third countries, conversion of licenses and acceptance of grades and classes, in accordance with previous regulations and the Chicago Convention.

The Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the EU.

 

28.05.2020

Bilateral investment agreements 

Notices from member states 

List of the bilateral investment agreements referred to in Article 4(1) of Regulation (EU) No 1219/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing transitional arrangements for bilateral investment agreements between Member States and third countries

 

28.05.2020

Highly pathogenic avian influenza 

Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/711 of 27 May 2020 amending the Annex to Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/47 on protective measures in relation to highly pathogenic avian influenza of subtype H5N8 in certain Member States

 

27.05.2020

Food Safety 

Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/703 of 26 May 2020 amending Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards maximum residue levels for dimethoate and omethoate in or on cherries

 

26.05.2020

Motor vehicles 

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/683 of 15 April 2020 implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/858 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regards to the administrative requirements for the approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles and their trailers, and of systems, components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles.

The regulation was adopted in order to clarify and simplify the documents used for the type-approval of motor vehicles and their trailers, as well as systems, components and separate technical units intended for those vehicles, stating that these documents should be standardized in order to reduced the administrative burden on car manufacturers, based on existing practice.

This Decision shall enter into force on the twentieth day of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union, and will be applied since July 5, 2020.

 

25.05.2020

Public Health – Food Supplements 

Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/685 of 20 May 2020 amending Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 as regards maximum levels of perchlorate in certain foods

 

19.05.2020

Personal protective equipment 

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/668 of 18 May 2020 on the harmonised standards for personal protective equipment drafted in support of Regulation (EU) 2016/425 of the European Parliament and of the Council.

On the basis of the request M/031, CEN and Cenelec revised harmonised standards EN 343:2003 +A1:2007/AC:2009, EN 358:1999, EN 381-5:1995, EN 381-7:1999, EN 381-9:1997, EN 381-11:2002, EN 13832-2:2006, EN 13832-3:2006, EN 14594:2005, EN 388:2016, EN 943-1:2015 and EN 12277:2015, the references of which are published in the C series of the Official Journal of the European Union(4). This resulted in adoption of, respectively, harmonised standards EN 343:2019 for protective clothing against rain, EN 358:2018 for belts and lanyards for work positioning or restraint, EN ISO 11393-2:2019, EN ISO 11393-4:2019, EN ISO 11393- 5:2019 and EN ISO 11393-6:2019 for protective clothing for users of hand-held chainsaws, EN 13832-2:2018 and EN 13832-3:2018 for footwear protecting against chemicals, EN 14594:2018 for respiratory protective devices, EN 388:2016+A1:2018 for protective gloves against mechanical risks, EN 943-1:2015+A1:2019 for protective clothing against dangerous solid, liquid and gaseous chemicals, including liquid and solid aerosols and EN 12277:2015+A1:2018 for mountaineering equipment.

This Decision shall enter into force on the day of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

 

18.05.2020

Electronic Equipment

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/659 of 15 May 2020 on the harmonised standard for the technical documentation required for assessing materials, components and electrical and electronic equipment drafted in support of Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council

 

18.05.2020

Electronic Equipment

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/660 of 15 May 2020 amending Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/1326 as regards the electromagnetic compatibility of electromechanical contactors and motor-starters, arc quenching devices, distribution boards intended to be operated by ordinary persons and industrial trucks

 

18.05.2020

Protective measures: Veterinary checks 

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/661 of 15 May 2020
amending the Annex to Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/47 on protective measures in relation to highly pathogenic avian influenza of subtype H5N8 in certain Member States

 

18.05.2020

Animal health control 

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/662 of 15 May 2020 amending the Annex to Implementing Decision 2014/709/EU concerning animal health control measures relating to African swine fever in certain Member States

 

13.05.2020

COVID-19 Commission Communication

Guidelines on the progressive restoration of transport services and connectivity

 

13.05.2020

Plant protection 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/642 of 12 May 2020 approving the basic substance L-cysteine in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market, and amending the Annex to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 540/2011

 

11.05.2020

 Acceptance of electronic copies  

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/633 of 8 May 2020 laying down temporary measures for the acceptance of electronic copies of original official documents for applications for import tariff quotas for agricultural products managed by a system of import licences and for applications for import licences on husked Basmati rice, due to the pandemic of COVID-19. As this rule is applied, if it is considered necessary for the management of quotas according to import tariffs, the Commission Regulation regulating that quota may provide additional conditions, and the Implementing Regulation is submitted as a reference for the baby beef system originating from Serbia.

The rules have not been changed, but it is prescribed that due to the conditions of the pandemic, the accompanying documentation can be submitted electronically, as a copy of the original document, while the original can be submitted to the EU authorities within 3 months with a written statement that due to technical obstacles insight at first.

This Regulation shall apply on the day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the EU.

 

08.05.2020

COVID-19 Commission Communication: Travel   

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the European Council and the Council on the second assessment of the application of the temporary restriction on non essential travel to the EU

Coronavirus: Commission invites Member States to extend restriction on non-essential travel to the EU until 15 June 

 

08.05.2020

Protective measures: Veterinary checks 

Commission Implementing Regulation 2020/627 of 7 May 2020 amending the Annex to Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/47 on protective measures in relation to highly pathogenic avian influenza of subtype H5N8 in certain Member States

 

08.05.2020

Animal Health: Poultry  

Commission Implementing Regulation 2020/626 of 7 May 2020 amending Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 798/2008 as regards the entry for the Republic of North Macedonia in the list of third countries, territories, zones or compartments from which certain poultry commodities may be imported into or transit through the Union in relation to Newcastle disease

 

07.05.2020

Entry of goods in EU: Import of raspberries  

Commission Implementing Regulation 2020/625 of 6 May 2020 amending Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1793 on the temporary increase of official controls and emergency measures governing the entry into the Union of certain goods from certain third countries implementing Regulations (EU) 2017/625 and (EC) No 178/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council, and repealing Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/943 and Commission Implementing Decision 2014/88/EU. With today’s change, the control for the import of raspberries from Serbia, which was in force since December, was abolished.
The Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the EU.

 

06.05.2020

Market Regulation: Plant protection products  

Commission Implementing Regulation 2020/616 of 5 May 2020 renewing the approval of the active substance foramsulfuron in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market, and amending the Annex to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 540/2011

 

05.05.2020

Chemicals – REACH Regulation 

Corrigendum to Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/171 of 6 February 2020 amending Annex XIV to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (‘REACH’)

 

04.05.2020

Protective measures: Veterinary checks  

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/604 of 30 April 2020 amending the Annex to Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/47 on protective measures in relation to highly pathogenic avian influenza of subtype H5N8 in certain Member States

 

04.05.2020

Animal Breeding Regulation

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/602 of 15 April 2020 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/717 as regards the model forms of zootechnical certificates for breeding animals and their germinal products

 

29.04.2020

European Parliament recommendation to the Council, the Commission and the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on the Western Balkans, following the 2020 summit 

 

29.04.2020

Support to the Western Balkans in tackling COVID-19 and the post-pandemic recovery 

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions: Commission contribution ahead of the EU-Western Balkans leaders meeting on 6 May
2020

 

27.04.2020

Animal health control measures

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/574 of 24 April 2020 amending Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/47 on protective measures in relation to highly pathogenic avian influenza of subtype H5N8 in certain Member States

 

24.04.2020

Market regulation: Medical devices

Regulation (EU) 2020561 of the European Parliament and of the Council

 

24.04.2020

COVID-19: Export Authorization Scheme for personal protective equipment

The new Decision intruduces the exepmtion of the Western Balkans from the export authorization scheme in Article 21:

“The single market for medical and personal protective equipment is closely integrated beyond the boundaries of the Union, and so are its production value chains and distribution networks. This is particularly the case of the member States of the European Free Trade Association, and the Western Balkans which are engaged in a process of deep integration with the Union. Subjecting exports of certain personal protection equipment to these countries to an export authorisation requirement would be counterproductive, given the close integration of the production value chains and distribution networks, when such equipment is an essential product necessary to prevent the further spreading of the disease and safeguard the health of medical staff treating infected patients. It is therefore appropriate to exclude such countries from the scope of application of this Regulation.”

 

24.04.2020

COVID-19: Export Authorization Scheme for personal protective equipment

The new Decision intruduces the exepmtion of the Western Balkans from the export authorization scheme in Article 21:

“The single market for medical and personal protective equipment is closely integrated beyond the boundaries of the Union, and so are its production value chains and distribution networks. This is particularly the case of the member States of the European Free Trade Association, and the Western Balkans which are engaged in a process of deep integration with the Union. Subjecting exports of certain personal protection equipment to these countries to an export authorisation requirement would be counterproductive, given the close integration of the production value chains and distribution networks, when such equipment is an essential product necessary to prevent the further spreading of the disease and safeguard the health of medical staff treating infected patients. It is therefore appropriate to exclude such countries from the scope of application of this Regulation.”

 

23.04.2020

Chemicals – REACH Regulation

Summary of European Commission Decisions on authorisations for the placing on the market for the use and/or for use of substances listed in Annex XIV to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)

 

22.04.2020

A ROADMAP FOR RECOVERY  

Towards a more resilient, sustainable and fair Europe

 

22.04.2020

Standards: Mobile telecommunications  

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/553 of 21 April 2020 amending Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/167 as regards harmonised standards for certain international mobile telecommunications cellular networks equipment

 

22.04.2020

Chemicals – REACH Regulation  

Summary of European Commission Decisions on authorisations for the placing on the market for the use and/or for use of substances listed in Annex XIV to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)

Decisions granting an authorisation I

Decisions granting an authorisation II

Decisions partially granting an authorisation

 

21.04.2020

Regulation on Aviation activity  

Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/535 of 8 April 2020 amending Regulation (EC) No 748/2009 on the list of aircraft operators which performed an aviation activity listed in Annex I to Directive 2003/87/EC on or after 1 January 2006 specifying the administering Member State for each aircraft operator

 

21.04.2020

Protective measures – Veterinary checks  

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/549 of 20 April 2020 amending the Annex to Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/47 on protective measures in relation to highly pathogenic avian influenza of subtype H5N8 in certain Member States

 

20.04.2020

Product related standards: pressure equipment 

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/542 of 16 April 2020 amending Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/1616 as regards safety devices for protection against excessive pressure, welded steel tubes for pressure purposes, unfired pressure vessels and metallic industrial piping

 

20.04.2020

Animal health control measures  

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/543 of 17 April 2020 amending the Annex to Implementing Decision 2014/709/EU concerning animal health control measures relating to African swine fever in certain Member States

 

17.04.2020

COVID-19 Commission Communication 

Guidance on Apps supporting the fight against COVID 19 pandemic in relation to data protection

 

16.04.2020

Chemicals – REACH Regulation  

Summary of European Commission Decisions on authorisations for the placing on the market for the use and/or for use of substances listed in Annex XIV to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)

Decisions partially granting an authorisation

Decisions granting an authorisation

 

16.04.2020

COVID-19 Commission communication  

Joint European Roadmap towards lifting COVID-19 containment measures

 

16.04.2020

COVID-19 Commission communication: Diagnostic tests  

Communication from the Commission: Guidelines on COVID-19 in vitro diagnostic tests and their performance

 

16.04.2020

Protective measures: Veterinary checks   

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/529 of 15 April 2020 amending the Annex to Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/47 on protective measures in relation to highly pathogenic avian influenza of subtype H5N8 in certain Member States

 

08.04.2020

COVID-19 Commission Communication: Travel   

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the European Council and the Council on the assessment of the application of the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU

 

08.04.2020

Road transport sector: Mobility package 

More information on the Council decision on the Mobility package on truck drivers reform can be found at this link

 

Regulations within the package:

08.04.2020

COVID-19 Commission Communication: Medicines  

Communication from the Commission: Guidelines on the optimal and rational supply of medicines to avoid shortages during the COVID-19 outbreak

 

08.04.2020

Animal health control measures  

Commission implementing decision (EU) 2020/514 of 8 April 2020 amending the Annex to Implementing Decision 2014/709/EU concerning animal health control measures relating to African swine fever in certain Member States

 

07.04.2020

Market regulation – Food sector 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/500 of 6 April 2020 authorising the placing on the market of partially defatted chia seed (Salvia hispanica) powders as novel foods under Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 of the European Parliament and of the Council and amending Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2470

 

06.04.2020

Market regulation – Chemicals 

Summary of European Commission Decisions on authorisations for the placing on the market for the use and/or for use of substances listed in Annex XIV to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)

 

03.04.2020

Extension of autonomous trade measures (ATMs)  

Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Regulation (EC) No 1215/2009 introducing exceptional trade measures for countries and territories participating in or linked to the European Union’s Stabilisation and Association process.

 

03.04.2020

COVID-19: Import Duties and VAT Exemption on importation 

Commission Decision of 3.4.2020 on relief from import duties and VAT exemption on importation granted for goods needed to combat the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak during 2020

 

03.04.2020

FAQ: Export requirements for personal protective equipment 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/402 of 14 March 2020, as amended by Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/426, has made the exportation of certain products subject to the production of an export authorisation. The Commission has also issued a Guidance note to Member States on these Regulations and published a list of Member States authorities responsible for export authorisations (including contact details of those authorities).

 

The clarifications provided in this FAQ document are not legally binding, they are for informative purposes only and should serve as a guidance for exporters of personal protection equipment (‘PPE’), Member States customs authorities and competenent authorities under the Regulation, when implementing the Regulation.

 

02.04.2020

Q&A on the EU Emergency Support Instrument for the healthcare sector  

 

02.04.2020

Q&A on the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative Plus (CRII+)  

The European Commission has proposed a new set of measures to combat COVID-19: Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative Plus (CRII +). These measures are not aplicable to the Western Balkans, we provide them as information on EU measures.

The new package complements the earlier initiative by introducing extraordinary flexibility to maximize unused support from EU structural and investment funds. The package also simplifies the procedural steps associated with program implementation, use of financial instruments and audit. This is unprecedented and justified by the coronavirus outbreak.

More information can be found on the following link 

 

02.04.2020

Harmonised standards for machinery  

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/480 of 1 April 2020 amending Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/436 on harmonised standards for machinery drafted in support of Directive 2006/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council

 

01.04.2020

Imports of organic products from third countries 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/479 of 1 April 2020 amending Regulation (EC) No 1235/2008 laying down detailed rules for implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 as regards the arrangements for imports of organic products from third countries

 

01.04.2020

COVID-19 Communication from the Commission on Public Procurement 

Guidance from the European Commission on using the public procurement framework in the emergency situation related to the COVID-19 crisis

 

31.03.2020

Human, animal, plant health and animal welfare amid COVID-19 outbreak 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/466 regarding temporary measures to contain risks to human, animal and plant health and animal welfare during certain serious disruptions of Member States’ control systems due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

This Regulation establishes provisional measures necessary to contain the widespread risks to human, animal and plant health and animal welfare in order to address serious disturbances in the functioning of Member States’ control systems in view of the crisis triggered by covid 19.

For the implementation of the measures set out in the Regulation, it is necessary for the EU Member State to inform the European Commission in advance of its implementation.

The Regulation shall apply until 1 June 2020.

 

31.03.2020

Standardisation: list of national standardisation bodies  

Publication of an update to the list of national standardisation bodies pursuant to Article 27 of Regulation (EU) No 1025/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council on European standardisation

 

31.03.2020

COVID-19: Financial assistance to Member States and to countries negotiating their accession to the Union 

Regulation (EU) 2020/461 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 March 2020 amending Council Regulation (EC) No 2012/2002 in order to provide financial assistance to Member States and to countries negotiating their accession to the Union that are seriously affected by a major public health emergency

 

30.03.2020

COVID-19 Commission Communication: Travel to the EU and repatriation of citizens 

Guidance on the implementation of the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU, on the facilitation of transit arrangements for the repatriation of EU citizens, and on the effects on visa policy (2020/C 102 I/02)

In order to assist this action at the external border, the European Commission has prepared this guidance (the Guidance) based on input from the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex), with the support of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and Europol. The Guidance also follows up on the joint statement of the Members of the European Council of 26 March 2020 which emphasised the need to step up efforts to ensure that EU citizens who are stranded in third countries who want to go home can do so. The Guidance provides advice and practical instructions to implement measures adopted by the Member States(6) and Schengen Associated Countries following the Communication. In particular, it provides guidance as regards:

— The introduction of temporary travel restriction applying to all non-essential travel from third countries to the EU+ area;

— The facilitation of transit arrangements for the repatriation of EU citizens and their family members stranded in third countries;

— Minimum service in consulates for processing visa applications; and — Dealing with overstay caused by travel restrictions, including for visa-waived third country nationals.

 

20.03.2020

RescEU: Medical stockpile capacities 

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/414 of 19 March 2020 amending Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/570 as regards medical stockpiling rescEU capacities

 

30.03.2020

COVID-19: European Central Bank Recommendations  

Recommendation of the European Central Bank of 27 March 2020 on dividend distributions during the COVID19 pandemic and repealing Recommendation ECB/2020/1

 

30.03.2020

COVID-19 Commission Communication: Travel  

Guidance on the implementation of the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU, on the facilitation of transit arrangements for the repatriation of EU citizens, and on the effects on visa policy

 

30.03.2020

Country Specific Information Serbia: Cereal Trade  

Council Decision (EU) 2020/457 of 27 March 2020 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the International Grains Council concerning the accession of the Republic of Serbia to the Grains Trade Convention, 1995

 

30.03.2020

Animal Diseases  

Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/454

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/454 of 27 March 2020 amending the Annex to Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/47 on protective measures in relation to highly pathogenic avian influenza of subtype H5N8 in certain Member States

 

26.03.2020

Safegourd measures in import: Steel procuts  

Corrigendum to the Notice of initiation concerning a review of the safeguard measures applicable to imports of certain steel products, amending the annex of the Notice of initiation concerning a review of the safeguard measures applicable to imports of certain steel products from 14.02.2020. (2020/C 51/11).

 

26.03.2020

COVID-19 Commission Communication: Air cargo  

European Commission Guidelines: Facilitating Air Cargo Operations during COVID-19 outbreak

 

25.03.2020

COVID-19: Harmonised standards for medical devices to respond to urgent needs  

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/437

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/438

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/439

On 24th of March 2020. the Commission adopted decisions on harmonised standards which will allow manufacturers to place on the market high performing devices to protect patients, health care professionals and citizens in general. The standards will facilitate a faster and less expensive conformity assessment procedure. The revised harmonised standards play a pivotal role in the current coronavirus pandemic because they relate to critical devices* such as:

– medical face masks
– surgical drapes, gowns and suits
– washer-disinfectors
– sterilisation

Once implemented, the use of these standards will allow manufacturers of medical devices and other concerned economic operators, to comply with the health and safety requirements of the EU legislation, taking into account the most updated technical solutions. These standards, once referenced in the Official Journal of the European Union, grant conformity of devices with the requirements of the three Directives on medical devices.

The decision to adopt these harmonised standards for medical devices represents an additional measure taken by the Commission to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. Also upon the urgent request of the Commission, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC), in cooperation with their members made available a number of European standards for certain medical devices and personal protective equipment.

 

23.03.2020

COVID-19 Commission Communication: Implementation of the Green Lanes  

The Guidelines for border management measures to protect health and ensure the availability of goods and essential services adopted by the European Commission on 16 March 2020, stress the principle that all EU internal borders should stay open to freight and that the supply chains for essential products must be guaranteed.

In order to preserve the EU-wide operation of supply chains and ensure the functioning of the Single Market for goods, wherever internal border controls exist or have been introduced Member States are requested to designate immediately all the relevant internal border-crossing points of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) and additional ones to the extent deemed necessary, as “green lane” border crossings – for land (road and rail), sea and air transport.

Going through these “green lane” border crossings, including any checks and health screening of transport workers, should not exceed 15 minutes on internal land borders. The “green lane” border crossings should be open to all freight vehicles carrying any type of goods.

Transport workers, irrespective of their nationality and place of residence, should be allowed to cross internal borders. Restrictions such as travel restrictions and mandatory quarantine of transport workers, should be waived, without prejudice for competent authorities to take proportionate and specifically adapted measures to minimise the risk of contagion.

 

23.03.2020

Export authorization scheme for personal protective equipment: List of competent authorities in EU Member States  

In the pdf document you can find the list of competent authorities in EU Member States for the Export authorization scheme for personal protective equipment (excluding Bulgaria).

Since this rule is a big problem for our companies these days, this list can be useful to all interested companies for importing these products.

 

16.03.2020

COVID-19 Guidelines for border management measures to protect health and ensure the availability of goods and essential services  

The coronavirus crisis has highlighted the challenge of protecting the health of the population whilst avoiding disruptions to the free movement of persons, and the delivery of goods and essential services across Europe. The implementation of the Union’s policies on checks of persons and goods should be governed by the principle of solidarity between the Member States. In order to avoid shortages and avoid that the social and economic difficulties that all European countries are already experiencing worsen, maintaining the functioning of the Single Market is key. Member States should therefore not undertake measures that jeopardise the integrity of the Single Market for goods, in particular of supply chains, or engage in any unfair practices. Member States must always admit their own citizens and residents, and facilitate transit of other EU citizens and residents that are returning home. As regards measures linked to border management, coordination at EU level is key. Therefore, these guidelines set out principles for an integrated approach to an effective border management to protect health while preserving the integrity of the Single Market. The measures are relateed to: movement of goods and services, supply of goods, health measures, external borders and internal borders.

 

15.03.2020

COVID-19: Export Authorization Scheme for personal protective equipment  

With regard to Commission Implementing Regulation 2020/402 and considering the outbreak of the epidemiological crisis caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the disease associated with it, the COVID-19, has been spreading fast across the world, reaching also the Union’s territory. An export authorisation established in accordance with the form set out in Annex II shall be required for the export outside the Union of personal protective equipment listed in Annex I, whether or not originating in the Union. Such authorisation shall be granted by the competent authorities of the Member State where the exporter is established and shall be issued in writing or by electronic means. This Regulation shall enter into force on the day of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union and apply for a period of six weeks. It shall automatically cease to apply at the end of this six weeks period.

 

05.03.2020

Electronic Equipment – lead exemptions  

Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2020/360

Delegating Commission Directive 2020/360 as regards the exemption for lead in platinum electrodes used for certain conductivity measurements. Specifically, Member States are required to ensure that electrical and electronic equipment placed on the market does not contain the dangerous substances listed in Annex II to Directive 2011/65 / EU. Lead is considered a dangerous substance. However, the Commission had earlier decided to allow exemptions for the use of lead in the platinum electrodes used for conductivity measurements. This exemption is now being extended. Member States are obliged not later than 31.03.2021. adopt appropriate laws for the implementation of this Directive and the exemption shall apply until 31.12.2025.

 

 

05.03.2020

Food Supplements – Carbonated Beverages  

Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/356

Concerning Commission Regulation 2020/356 on the use of polysorbate (E 432-436) in carbonated beverages. Specifically, the use of polysorbate (E 432-436) was approved at a maximum level of 10 mg / kg in food categories 14.1.4. “Flavored drinks”, 14.2.3. “Apple wine and pear wine”, 14.2.4. “Fruit wine and wine blends with other products” and 14.2.8. “Other alcoholic beverages, including mixtures of non-alcoholic beverages and spirits with an alcoholic strength of less than 15%”. The Regulation shall enter into force 20 days after its publication in the Official Gazette.

 

05.03.2020

Food Supplements  

Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/355

Regulation 2020/355 amending Regulation 1333/2008 as regards the use of polyglycerol polyricinoleate (E 476) in vegetable oil emulsions. Specifically, polyglycerol polyricinoleate (E 476) was already approved for use but only for fats up to 41%. It has now been decided to use polyglycerol polyricinoleate (E 476) in vegetable oil emulsions at a maximum level of 4,000 mg / kg with a fat content of 70%. The Regulation shall enter into force 20 days after its publication in the Official Gazette.

 

05.03.2020

Animal Nutrition  

Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/354

Commission Regulation 2020/354 establishing the list of uses of feed for particular nutritional uses. Specifically, the marketing and use of animal feed is regulated by Regulation 767/2009. Due to the obsolescence of certain entries in Directive 2008/38 / EC, which lays down general provisions for feedingstuffs for particular nutritional uses, and in the light of scientific and technological progress, it is necessary to amend the provisions relating to basic nutritional properties and labeling information. Food marked before 03/23/2022. which is in accordance with the rules applicable before 25.03.2020. may be placed on the market until stocks run out. The Regulation shall enter into force 20 days after its publication in the Official Gazette and shall apply from 25.12.2020.

 

05.03.2020

Lead exemptions 

Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2020/366

European Commission Directive 2020/366, was published today in the Official Journal of the EU, as regards the exemption for lead as a thermal stabilizer in polyvinyl chloride used in certain in vitro diagnostic medical devices for blood analysis. Namely, the exemption was granted in this case for a period of 2 years starting on 5 March 2020, while the Member States would adopt the relevant regulations by 31 March 2021. a This Directive shall enter into force 20 days after its publication.

 

05.03.2020

Electronic Equipment – lead exemptions 

Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2020/365

With regard to Commission Directive 2020/365 amending the exemption for lead in the solder and finishes for applications to certain internal combustion engines, the exemption is extended until 31.03.2022 due to the absence of an alternative to this substance for certain categories. and for certain categories is provided for in the Annex. Member States will adopt by 31.03.2021. relevant regulations and the Directive shall enter into force twenty days after its publication in the Official Journal.

 

05.03.2020

Exemptions for cadmium

Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2020/364

Under Commission Directive 2020/364 amending as regards the exemption for cadmium in the tubes of video cameras resistant to radiation, and given that there are no adequate alternatives to cadmium in this case, the exemption is extended to 7 years from 05.03.2020, and Member States will adopt appropriate regulations to comply by 08/31/2020. The Directive shall enter into force twenty days after its publication in the Official Journal.

 

05.03.2020

Electronic Equipment – lead exemptions 

Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2020/363

Commission Directive 2020/363 on waste vehicles with regard to certain exemptions for lead and lead compounds in components similar to the previous Directive states that there have been some changes to the exemption. Member States are required to adopt the relevant regulations by 05/04/2020. a This Directive shall enter into force 20 days after its publication in the Official Journal.

 

05.03.2020

Hexavalent Chromium exemptions

Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2020/362

Concering Commission Directive 2020/362 on waste vehicles as regards the exemption for hexavalent chromium as an anti-corrosion agent for refrigerants, Member States must prohibit the use of lead, mercury, cadmium and hexavalent chromium in the materials and components of vehicles placed on the market. However, under certain conditions, the exemption for hexavalent chromium applies. That exemption is now being changed and divided into three parts. Member States are required to adopt the relevant regulations by 05/04/2020. a This Directive shall enter into force 20 days after its publication in the Official Journal.

 

05.03.2020

Hexavalent Chromium exemptions

Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2020/361

The requested exemption renewal is approved for applications using high boiler temperatures until 21 July 2021. However, for applications with an input of <75 W (corresponding to a low boiler temperature), the conditions for renewal are no longer met and therefore the request for renewal should be rejected . The exemption for these notifications should expire 12 months from the date of entry into force of this Directive. Member States shall adopt and publish the laws implementing this Directive by 31 March 2021. a The Directive shall enter into force 20 days after its publication.

 

28.02.2020

Food Supplements

Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/279

Amending Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the use of soybean hemicellulose (E 426). Soybean hemicellulose was previously approved, and the present request related to use in flavored fermented milk as well as flavored drinks. The request was accepted, without the need to limit the maximum daily intake. This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

 

27.02.2020

Air Traffic

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/270

The news concerns Implementing Commission Regulation 2020/270 amending Regulation 1321/2014 as regards transitional measures for organizations involved in continuing aviation airworthiness. Implementing Regulation 2019/1383 introduced more flexible requirements for light aircraft as well as risk management measures for organizations involved in continuing airworthiness and transitional measures for aviation. The new Regulation corrects these transitional measures as well as the Annex to the previous Regulation. This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union. It shall apply from 24 March 2020.

 

26.02.2020.

Explosion prevention and protection

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/260

It refers to Commission Decision 2020/260, published today in the Official Journal, on explosion prevention and protection. Specifically, the new standard EN 1127-1: 2019 “Explosion Prevention and Protection – Part 1: Basic Principles and Methodology” has been adopted, replacing the standard ‘EN 1127-1: 2011’. This Decision shall enter into force on the day of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

 

14.02.2020.

Steel products import

Procedures Relating to the Implementation of the Common Commercial Policy

The Commission will carry out an audit of existing protective measures, due to the new changed circumstances and recent developments. The procedure will last until 30.06.2020. Interested parties were invited to submit written comments. We note in particular that the deadline for submission of comments is 15 days from the date of publication in the Official Gazette, together with supporting evidence. Comments must refer to the scope of the audit itself referred to in paragraph 2. The parties will also have the opportunity to comment on the submissions of other parties.

 

24.02.2020.

Electrical Devices

Corrigendum to Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/2023

Concerning ecodesign requirements for household washing machines and household washer-dryers pursuant to Directive 2009/125/EC.

 

24.02.2020.

Electrical Devices

Corrigendum to Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/2021

Concerning ecodesign requirements for electronic displays pursuant to Directive 2009/125/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, amending Commission Regulation (EC) No 1275/2008 and repealing Commission Regulation (EC) No 642/2009.

 

24.02.2020.

Electrical Devices

Corrigendum to Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/2020

Corrigendum of Regulation concerns ecodesign requirements for light sources and separate control gears pursuant to Directive 2009/125/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and repealing Commission Regulations (EC) No 244/2009, (EC) No 245/2009 and (EU) No 1194/2012.

 

24.02.2020.

Electrical Devices

Corrigendum to Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/2016

Corrigendum to Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/2016 of 11 March 2019 supplementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1369 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to energy labelling of refrigerating appliances and repealing Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1060/2010.

 

24.02.2020.

Electrical Devices

Corrigendum to Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/2014

Corrigendum to Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/2014 of 11 March 2019 supplementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1369 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to energy labelling of household washing machines and household washer-dryers and repealing Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1061/2010 and Commission Directive 96/60/EC.

 

24.02.2020.

Electrical Devices

Corrigendum to Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/2013

Corrigendum to Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/2013 of 11 March 2019 supplementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1369 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to energy labelling of electronic displays and repealing Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1062/2010.

 

21.02.2020.

Animal Feed Industry – Feed Additives

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/238

Concerning the authorisation of L-threonine as a feed additive for all animal species. The substance specified in the Annex, belonging to the additive category ‘nutritional additives’ and to the functional group ‘amino acids, their salts and analogues’, is authorised as an additive in animal nutrition. This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

 

20.02.2020.

Animal Feed Industry – Feed Additives

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/229

The implementing regulation concerns the approval of the use of L-tryptophan as a food additive for all animal species. The substance listed in the Annex to the Regulation, which belongs to the additive category “nutritional additives” and to the functional group “amino acids, their salts and analogues”, has been approved as an additive in animal nutrition under the conditions laid down in that Annex. The above shall enter into force on the day of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union, that is, today.

 

18.02.2020.

Classification of Substances

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/217

Concerning the Delegated Regulation of the European Commission 2020/217, published today in the Official Journal of the EU, concerning the amendment of Regulation 1272/2008 on the classification, labeling and packaging of certain substances and mixtures. Delegated Regulation 2020/217 shall enter into force twenty days after its publication in the Official Journal, but it shall apply from 09 September 2021. I draw your attention to the amendment in Annex IV which applies from 01 December 2019. It lists a substance that is considered a carcinogen (Category I – known human carcinogens). Substances and mixtures manufactured before 9 September 2021 may be labeled and packaged in accordance with the old rules, except in the case of Annex IV.

 

14.02.2020.

Animal Feed Industry – Feed Additives

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/197

Concerning the authorisation of allura red AC as a feed additive for cats and dogs. The substance is added to the additive category “sensory additives”. The substance specified in the Annex and premixtures containing that substance, which are produced and labelled before 5 September 2020 in accordance with the rules applicable before 5 March 2020 may continue to be placed on the market and used until the existing stocks are exhausted. Feed materials and compound feed containing the substance specified in the Annex which are produced and labelled before 5 March 2022 in accordance with the rules applicable before 5 March 2020 may continue to be placed on the market and used until the existing stocks are exhausted. This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

 

14.02.2020.

Animal Feed Industry – Feed Additives

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/196

Concerning the renewal of the authorisation of endo-1,4-beta-xylanase produced by Aspergillus niger CBS 109.713 as a feed additive for chickens for fattening, turkeys for fattening, turkeys reared for breeding, minor avian species (except laying birds) and ornamental birds and repealing Regulations (EC) No 1380/2007, (EC) No 1096/2009 and Implementing Regulation (EU) No 843/2012. Endo-1,4-beta-xylanase produced by Aspergillus niger CBS 109.713 was authorised for 10 years and classified in the category “zootechnical additives”. This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

 

13.02.2020.

Agrofood Industry – Food Safety

Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/192

The regulation concerns the maximum amount of prochloraz residues in or on certain products intended for human, plant and animal consumption, as well as animal nutrition. Maximum amounts of prochlorase residue are set out in the Annex and the Regulation enters into force on the twentieth day following its publication. It will apply from 09/04/2020. For all products except citrus fruits, kiwi fruit, bananas, mangoes, pineapples and beef livers (the European Food Safety Authority has assessed that there is a risk to the consumers of these products if the levels of maximum residue are not lowered), Regulation No 396/2005 continues as which was the aforementioned change, for products manufactured in the Union or imported into the Union before 4th September 2020.

 

13.02.2020.

Plant Protection

Commission Implementing Directive (EU) 2020/177

Concerning organisms harmful to plants on seeds and other plants reproductive material. Considering that Regulation 2016/2031 on plant pest control measures came into force on 14.12.2019. All regulated non-quarantine pests (RNQPS) were to be listed in the year. It should be noted that both the seeds and the reproductive material of these plants must be pest-free. Any appropriate changes with new thresholds for the presence of RNQP are contained in the Directive.

 

10.02.2020.

Animal Feed Industry – Feed Additives

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/180

Concerning the authorisation of a preparation of Bacillus subtilis KCCM 10673P and Aspergillus oryzae KCTC 10258BP as a feed additive for all animal species. This additive is classified in the category ‘technological additives’. This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

 

07.02.2020.

Automotive Industry

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/174

On the approval of the technology used in 12 Volt efficient alternators for use in certain passenger cars and light commercial vehicles as an innovative technology pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2019/631. The technology used in 12 Volt efficient alternators intended for the conversion of mechanical energy into electrical energy is approved as an innovative technology within the meaning of Article 11 of Regulation (EU) 2019/631. This Decision shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

 

07.02.2020.

Animal Feed Industry – Feed Additives

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/172

Concerning the renewal of the authorisation of 3-phytase produced by Aspergillus niger (CBS 101.672) as a feed additive for piglets (weaned), pigs for fattening, sows, chickens for fattening, turkeys for fattening, laying hens, ducks and all other minor avian species, ornamental birds and the new authorisation for chickens reared for laying or for breeding purposes, turkeys reared for breeding or breeding hens and suckling piglets and repealing Regulations (EC) No 243/2007, (EC) No 1142/2007, (EC) No 165/2008, (EC) No 505/2008 and (EU) No 327/2010. 3-phytase produced by Aspergillus niger (CBS 101.672) was authorised for 10 years and classified in the additive category ‘zootechnical additives’. This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

 

07.02.2020.

Public Health – Chemical Product

Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/171

Concerning Commission Regulation 2020/171, published today in the Official Journal of the European Union. The Regulation refers to the amendment of Annex XIV of Regulation 1907/2006 on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). Specifically, certain substances (listed in Annex to Regulation 2020/171) have fulfilled the criteria for classification as toxic and / or persistent and highly bioaccumulative, and are therefore listed as banned in the EU unless subject to special approval. The latest application dates and withdrawal dates are set out in the Annex for each substance. This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

 

06.02.2020.

Telecommunications – Electrical Device

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/167

Decision on the harmonised standards for radio equipment drafted in support of Directive 2014/53/EU. Following the request of the Commission, ETSI (European Telecommunications Standardization Institute) has developed new standards: 300 328 V2.2.2 for data transmission equipment operating in the 2,4 GHz band, EN 300 698 V2.3.1 for radio telephone transmitters and receivers for the maritime mobile service, EN 303 098 V2.2.1 for maritime low power personal locating devices, EN 303 520 V1.2.1 for Ultra Low Power (ULP) wireless medical capsule endoscopy devices and EN 300 674-2-2 V 2.2.1 for Transport and Traffic Telematics (TTT) systems. This Decision shall enter into force on the day of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

 

06.02.2020.

Animal Feed Industry – Feed Additives

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/166

Concerning the renewal of the authorisation of 6-phytase produced by Schizosaccharomyces pombe (ATCC 5233) as a feed additive for chickens for fattening, laying hens, turkeys for fattening, ducks for fattening, weaned piglets, pigs for fattening and sows and repealing Regulation (EC) No 785/2007. The preparation of 6-phytase produced by Schizosaccharomyces pombe (ATCC 5233) was authorised for 10 years and classified in the additive category ‘zootechnical additives’. This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

 

06.02.2020.

Animal Feed Industry – Feed Additives

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/165

Concerning the authorisation of endo-1,4-beta-mannanase produced by Paenibacillus lentus DSM 32052 as a feed additive for chickens for fattening, for chickens reared for laying, turkeys for fattening or reared for breeding and for minor poultry species and repealing Regulation (EC) No 786/2007. The additive specified in the Annex is classified in the additive category ‘zootechnical additives’. Endo-1,4-beta-mannanase produced by Paenibacillus lentus ATCC 55045, premixtures and compound feed containing that substance, which are produced and labelled before 26 February 2020 in accordance with the rules applicable before 26 February 2020 may continue to be placed on the market and used until the existing stock are exhausted. This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

 

06.02.2020.

Animal Feed Industry – Feed Additives

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/164

Concerning the authorisation of 6-phytase produced by Schizosaccharomyces pombe (ATCC 5233) as a feed additive for all avian species and all swine species and repealing Regulation (EC) No 379/2009. The additive specified in the Annex is classified the additive category ‘zootechnical additives’. This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

 

06.02.2020.

Animal Feed Industry – Feed Additives

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/163

Concerning the authorisation of a preparation of muramidase produced by Trichoderma reesei DSM 32338 as a feed additive for turkeys for fattening, turkeys reared for breeding, chickens reared for breeding and other poultry species reared for breeding. The preparation specified in the Annex is classified in the additive category ‛zootechnical additives’. This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

 

06.02.2020.

Animal Feed Industry – Feed Additives

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/162

Concerning the authorisation of the preparation of Saccharomyces cerevisiae CNCM I‐1079 as a feed additive for turkeys for fattening. Saccharomyces cerevisiae CNCM I‐1079 is classified in the additive category ‘zootechnical additives’. This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

 

06.02.2020.

Animal Feed Industry – Feed Additives

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/161

Concerning the renewal of the authorisation of Bacillus subtilis DSM 17299 as a feed additive for chickens for fattening and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1137/2007. Bacillus subtilis DSM 17299 was authorised for 10 years and classified in the additive category ‘zootechnical additives’. This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

 

06.02.2020.

Animal Feed Industry – Feed Additives

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/160

Concerning the authorisation of the preparation of oregano oil, caraway oil, carvacrol, methyl salicylate and L-menthol as a feed additive for weaned piglets. The preparation specified in the Annex is classified in the additive category ‛zootechnical additives’. This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

 

06.02.2020.

Animal Feed Industry – Feed Additives

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/159

Concerning the renewal of the authorisation of Enterococcus faecium DSM 7134 as a feed additive for weaned piglets and pigs for fattening and repealing Regulation (EC) No 538/2007. Enterococcus faecium DSM 7134 was authorised for 10 years as a feed additive for weaned piglets and pigs for fattening and classified in the additive category ‘zootechnical additives’. This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

 

05.02.2020.

Animal Feed Industry – Feed Additives

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/151

Concerning the authorisation of Pediococcus acidilactici CNCM I-4622 as a feed additive for all porcine species for fattening and for breeding other than sows, all avian species, all fish species and all crustaceans. Additive is classified in the additive category ‘zootechnical additives’. This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union. Approval details can be found in Annex.

 

05.02.2020.

Animal Feed Industry – Feed Additives

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/150

Concerning the authorisation of the preparation of 6-phytase produced by Komagataella phaffii CGMCC 12056 as a feed additive for chickens for fattening, chickens reared for laying and for breeding and minor poultry species for fattening or reared for laying or for breeding purposes. The additive is authorized and classified in the additive category ‘zootechnical additives’. This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

 

05.02.2020.

Animal Feed Industry – Feed Additives

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/149

Concerning the renewal of the authorisation of Saccharomyces cerevisiae CNCM I-1077 as a feed additive for lambs and horses and repealing Regulations (EC) No 1293/2008 and (EC) No 910/2009. Saccharomyces cerevisiae CNCM I-1077 was authorised for 10 years and classified in the additive category ‘zootechnical additives’. This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union. Premixtures and compound feed containing that substance, which are produced and labelled before 25 February 2020 in accordance with the rules applicable before 25 February 2020 may continue to be placed on the market and used until the existing stock are exhausted.

 

05.02.2020.

Animal Feed Industry – Feed Additives

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/148

Having regard to Regulation (EC) No 1831/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 September 2003 on additives for use in animal nutrition. The preparation of robenidine hydrochloride (Robenz 66G) was authorised, in accordance with Directive 70/524/EEC, as a feed additive for chickens for fattening by Commission Regulation (EC) No 1800/2004. The substance is classified in the “coccidiostat and histomonostat” category. This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union. The preparation specified in the Annex and feed containing that preparation, which are produced and labelled before 25 August 2020 in accordance with the rules applicable before 25 February 2020 may continue to be placed on the market and used until the existing stocks are exhausted.

 

04.02.2020.

Animal Feed Industry – Feed Additives

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/147

Concerning the authorisation of the preparation of Saccharomyces cerevisiae CNCM I-4407 as a feed additive for weaned piglets, sows (in order to have a benefit for suckling piglets) and dairy cows and amending Regulations (EC) No 2148/2004. By this Implementing Regulation, the addition of Saccharomyces cerevisiae CNCM I-4407 is classified as’ zootechnical. The preparation specified in the Annex and feed containing that preparation which are produced and labelled before 24 August 2020 in accordance with the rules applicable before 24 February 2020 may continue to be placed on the market and used until the existing stocks are exhausted.

 

27.01.2020.

Country Specific Serbia – Civil Aviation Security

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/111

Amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1998 as regards the approval of civil aviation security equipment as well as third countries recognised as applying security standards equivalent to the common basic standards on civil aviation security. The Commission has verified that the Republic of Serbia, in regard to Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport, satisfies the criteria set out in Part E of the Annex to Regulation (EC) No 272/2009. This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

 

24.01.2020.

Animal Feed Industry – Feed Additives 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/106

Having regard to Regulation (EC) No 1831/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council on additives for use in animal nutrition. The application concerns the authorisation of sodium formate as a feed additive for all animal species to be classified in the category ‘technological additives’. This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

 

24.01.2020.

Animal Feed Industry – Feed Additives 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/107

Having regard to Regulation (EC) No 1831/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council on additives for use in animal nutrition. The Regulation specifies substances contained in feed materials, premixtures and compound feed and regulates conditions for their placement on the market. This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

 

15.01.2020.

Agriculture – Plant health product  

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/29

Concerning the non-approval of Vitis vinifera cane tannins as a basic substance in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market. This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

 

14.01.2020.

Agrifood Industry – Import of organic products  

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/25

Amending and correcting Regulation (EC) No 1235/2008 laying down detailed rules for implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 as regards the arrangements for imports of organic products from third countries. This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication, while article 2 shall apply from 31 January 2020.

 

14.01.2020.

Agriculture – Plant health product  

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/23

Concerning the non-renewal of the approval of the active substance thiacloprid, in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council. Member States shall withdraw authorisations for plant protection products containing thiacloprid as active substance by 3 August 2020. Any grace period granted by Member States in accordance with Article 46 of Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 shall expire by 3 February 2021.

 

13.01.2020.

Agriculture – Plant health product  

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/17

Concerning the non-renewal of the approval of the active substance chlorpyrifos-methyl, in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council. Member States shall withdraw authorisations for plant protection products containing chlorpyrifos-methyl as an active substance by 16 February 2020. Any grace period granted by Member States in accordance with Article 46 of Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 shall expire by 16 April 2020.

 

27.12.2019

Country Specific – Albania Duties  

Decision No 1/2019 of the EU-Albania Stabilisation and Association Council

on the participation of Albania as an observer in the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights’ work and the respective modalities thereof, within the framework of Council Regulation (EC) No 168/2007 [2019/2232]

 

27.12.2019

Agriculture and Industry – Customs Duties  

Council Regulation (EU) 2019/2220

amending Regulation (EU) No 1388/2013 opening and providing for the management of autonomous tariff quotas of the Union for certain agricultural and industrial products. The regulation opens new tariff quotas with order numbers 09.2586 to 09.2593 inclusive at zero duty rates for appropriate quantities of those products; increases quota volumes for 09.2594, 09.2595, 09.2596, 09.2597, 09.2598, 09.2599, 09.2738, 09.2742; and prolongs the quota period for 09.2595, 09.2596, 09.2597, 09.2598 and 09.2599.

 

27.12.2019

Agriculture and Industry – Customs Duties  

Council Regulation (EU) 2019/2197

amending Regulation (EU) No 1387/2013 suspending the autonomous Common Customs Tariff duties on certain agricultural and industrial products.

 

20.12.2019

Agrofood Industry – Tariff Quotas for High-Quality Beef   

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/2179

amending Implementing Regulation (EU) No 481/2012 as regards the country allocation of the tariff rate quota for high-quality beef and derogating from that Implementing Regulation for the quota year 2019/2020. The European Union and the United States of America concluded an Agreement on the country allocation of the tariff rate quota for high-quality beef on 5 December 2019, and this Regulations sets the future rules of the quota redistribution.

 

19.12.2019

Economic & Financial Affairs  

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/2170

amending Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/2195 on supplementing Regulation (EU) No 1304/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Social Fund, regarding the definition of standard scales of unit costs and lump sums for reimbursement of expenditure by the Commission to Member States. The Regulation sets Coefficients related to outgoing mobility of researchers (MSCA Correction coefficient) to the countries of the Western Balkans 6.

 

16.12.2019

Veterinary Legislation – Equidae  

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/2147

amending and correcting Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/659 on the conditions for the entry into the Union of live equidae and of semen, ova and embryos of equidae. The Regulation provides a list of third countries and parts of the national territories of third countries from which entry into the Union of the said consignments is authorized, which includes B&H, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia.

 

16.12.2019

Automotive Industry 

Regulation (EU) 2019/2144 of the European Parliament And Of The Council

The Regulation defines general and technical conditions for vehicle and tire manufacturers, and applies to vehicles of categories M, N and O (based on Article 4 of EU Regulation 2018/858) and to systems, tires, components and separate technical units designed and built for such vehicles. All producers who have complied with the previous regulation can sell their products to the EU market until 15 July 2022.

 

10.12.2019

Agriculture – Plant health product 

Commission Implementing Regulation 2019/2072

Establishing uniform conditions for the implementation of Regulation (EU) 2016/2031 of the European Parliament and the Council, as regards protective measures against pests of plants, and repealing Commission Regulation (EC) No 690/2008 and amending Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/2019.

 

18.11.2019

Agrofood Industry – Border controls 

Commission implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/2007

Laying down rules for the application of Regulation (EU) 2017/625 as regards the lists of animals, products of animal origin, germinal products, animal byproducts and derived products and hay and straw subject to official controls at border control posts and amending Decision 2007/275/EC

 

7.11.2019

Agrofood Industry – Border controls 

Commission implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1873

On procedures at border control posts for coordinated performance by competent authorities of intensified official controls on products of animal origin, germinal products, animal by-products and composite products

 

7.11.2019

Agrofood Industry – Food Safety 

Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/1871

Establishes reference points for action for non-allowed pharmacologically active substances present in food of animal origin repealing Decision 2005/34/EC

 

7.11.2019

Animal feed industry 

Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/1869

Amending and correcting Annex I to Directive 2002/32/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards maximum levels for certain undesirable substances in animal feed

 

17.10.2019

Agrifood and Animal feed industry 

Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/1792

Amending Regulation (EC) no 396/2005 on maximum residue levels for pesticides (amitrole, fipronil, flupyrsulfuron-methyl, imazosulfuron, isoproturon, orthosulfamuron and triasulfuron) in or on food and feed of plant and animal origin.

 

30.9.2019

Agrofood Industry – Vetrinary Legislation 

Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/1714

Amending Regulations (EC) No 136/2004 and (EC) No 282/2004 as regards the model of common veterinary entry document for products and animals and amending Regulation (EC) No 669/2009 as regards the model of common entry document for certain feed and food of non-animal origin.