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03.04.2020

Export requirements for personal protective equipment – Frequently Asked Questions 

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).

 

Links to all relevant documents pertaining to this subject can be found in the document attached.

 

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

Questions and answers on the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative Plus (CRII+): New actions to mobilise essential investments and resources

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 page: https://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/en/newsroom/news/2020/04/04-02-2020-coronavirus-response-investment-initiative-plus-new-actions-to-mobilise-essential-investments-and-resources

02.04.2020

Harmonised standards for machinery drafted

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

02.04.2020

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

Communication from the Commission

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

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)

The EU regulation, published today in Official Journal of the European Union contains 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).

Given that many Member States have reported that in the current crisis they are not able to provide official controls and official certificates accompanying shipments of products that may affect human, animal and plant health as well as animal welfare within the EU or between EU Member States, it was necessary to provide alternatives based on EU agri-food chain legislation.

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.

The decision may affect the degree of control of the entry of these products into the EU, as well as the method of control and the necessary documentation accompanying this type of product when entering the EU market.

31.03.2020

Notices from Member States

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

European Parliament and of the Council Regulation

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

Communication from the Commission COVID-19

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

Medical stockpiling EU capacities

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

30.03.2020

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

Communication from the Commission COVID-19

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

European Central Bank Recommendations

Recommendation of the European Central Bank on dividend distributions during the COVID-19 pandemic and repealing Recommendation ECB/2020/1

30.03.2020

Country Specific 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 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

CORRIGENDA

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

Communication from the Commission

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

25.03.2020

Coronavirus: 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

Communication from the Commision on the 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

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

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

Information from European Union Institutions, Bodies, Offices and Agencies

COVID-19 Guidelines for border management measures to protect health and ensure the availability of goods and essential services (2020/C 86 I/01)

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

Authorization of Export Licenses

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/402

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.