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Food Safety : Labelling of Origins of Agricultural and Food Products

On 4 June 2018, the European Parliament (EP) Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI) in association with the EP Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) organized a public hearing entitled “Labelling of Origin for Agricultural and Food Products”. The participants in the hearing  discussed the implementation of national labelling schemes, […]

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FOOD SAFETY:Health Technology Assessment (HTA)

On 7 June 2018 the European Parliament (EP) ENVI Committee discussed the Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on health technology assessment (COM/2018/051 final) presented by the European Commission on 31 January 2018. The HTA proposal seeks to boost cooperation amongst EU Member States for assessing health technology. The […]

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FDA Gives Two More EU Countries Seal of Approval

Following a positive assessment by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Lithuania and Ireland have today joined the list of EU countries recognized as capable to carry out good manufacturing practice (GMP) with regard to inspections of sites that manufacture human medicines. The FDA recognized eight EU countries on 1 November 2017 and four […]

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Open Trade Negotiations with Australia and New Zealand

The Council of the EU authorized the European Commission to open trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand and adopted negotiating mandates for each of the negotiations. The trade agreements with both these countries seeks to further reduce the existing barriers to trade, remove custom duties on goods, and give better access for services and […]

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Protection of Consumers/Goods: Mutual Recognition of Goods

The Council agreed on a general approach regarding a draft regulation aimed at improving the mutual recognition of goods marketed in another member state. The regulation seeks to ensure that goods lawfully marketed in one member state can be sold in any other, as long as they are safe and respect the interests of the […]

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Pharmaceuticals : the European Commission Refines Intellectual Property Rules

The European Commission made a proposal for a new Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 469/2009 concerning the supplementary protection certificate for medicinal products (COM / 2018/317 final). The proposal aims to adjust intellectual property rights framework, which sustains the pharmaceutical industry’s world-class innovation capacity. To improve the current system and remove a major competitive disadvantage […]

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WTO : EU Launches WTO Case Against China

On 1 June 2018 the EU launched legal proceedings (consultation procedure) in the WTO against Chinese legislation which, according to the EU, undermines the intellectual property rights of European companies. European companies going to China are forced to grant ownership or usage rights of their technology to domestic Chinese entities and are deprived of the […]

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PHARMACEUTICAL REGULATIONS: REIMBURSEMENT OF A MEDICINAL PRODUCT FOR A USE NOT COVERED BY ITS MARKETING AUTHORIZATION

Judgment of 21 November 2018 in Case C-29/17 Novartis Farma SpA / Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco (AIFA) e.a. The EU Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that under Articles 3 and 6 of Directive 2001/83 relating to medicinal products for human use and Articles 3, 25 and 26 of EU Regulation n° 726 / 2004 […]

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BREXIT: REJECTION OF REQUEST FOR CANCELLATION OF THE OPENING OF NEGOTIATIONS FROM BRITISH CITIZENS RESIDING IN EU MEMBER STATES (OUT OF THE UK)

Judgment of the GCEU, 9th Chamber, 26 November 2018 (Case T-458/17), Harry Shindler e.a. v / Council of the European Union The General Court of the European Union (GCEU) ruled that British citizens residing in other Member States than the United Kingdom are not entitled to seek the annulment of the decision of the Council of the European Union to start EU exit negotiations following the Brexit referendum because that decision does not produce […]

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TRADE – EU/ MEXICO AGREEMENT

European Commission, Press Release, ‘EU and Mexico conclude negotiations for new trade agreement’ 28 April 2020 The negotiation phase of the new trade agreement between the European Union and Mexico was concluded by the Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan and the Mexican Minister of Economy Graciela Márquez Colín. Mexico is an important trade partner for the […]

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