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EU Customs & Global Trade Law Monitor - Week 13

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Official Journal of the EU Check


31/03/2022L103C143C144

30/03/2022L102C142


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No legislative change relevant to Customs and Global Trade to Report



DG TAXUD


Report by the Wise Persons Group on the Reform of the EU Customs Union

The EU has published innovative ideas for a modern and efficient Customs Union presented by Wise Persons Group. https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/news/report-wise-persons-group-reform-eu-customs-union-2022-03-31_en



DG TRADE


EU knocks down barriers to exports of ceramic tiles

As of today, 31 March 2022, EU exporters of ceramic tiles will no longer need to undergo redundant testing or product audits when they export to Saudi Arabia, meaning exporting will become cheaper, faster and more predictable. The EU secured a commitment from Saudi Arabia on the latter’s removal of a number of obstacles currently affecting the import of ceramic tiles.


EU challenges discriminatory practices of UK’s green energy subsidy scheme at WTO

Today the EU is requesting consultations with the United Kingdom (UK) at the World Trade Organization (WTO) on the UK’s discriminatory practices when granting support for green energy projects. The criteria used by the UK government in awarding subsidies for offshore wind energy projects favour UK over imported content. This violates the WTO’s core tenet that imports must be able to compete on an equal footing with domestic products and harms EU suppliers, including many SMEs, in the green energy sector. Moreover, such practices ultimately increase costs of production and thereby risk slowing down the deployment of green energy.



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