Press Release: The Spanish company Schweppes may not oppose the import of bottles of tonic water bearing the trade mark ‘Schweppes’ and originating in the UK if it has itself given the impression that that trade mark is a single global trade mark

The same applies if that company has economic links with the third party which now holds the rights to that trade mark in the UK.

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Report from the Commission on the implementation of Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 July 2008 setting out the requirements for accreditation and market surveillance relating to the marketing of products and repealing Regulation (EEC) No 339/93

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The Goods Package: Reinforcing trust in the single market

The Commission is today tabling two legislative proposals to make it easier for companies, especially SMEs, to sell their products across Europe, and to strengthen controls by national authorities and customs officers to prevent unsafe products from being sold to European consumers.

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Official Journal (L Series): Regulation (EU) 2017/2321 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 December 2017 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

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Position of the European Parliament adopted at first reading on 15 November 2017 with a view to the adoption of Regulation (EU) 2017/… of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) 2016/1036 on protection against dumped imports from countries not members of the European Union

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Comitology Meeting: Advisory Committee on the implementation of activities relating to the Community market access strategy (15 December 2017)

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Official Journal (C Series): Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee on the ‘Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council and the European Economic and Social Committee — Developing the EU Customs Union and its governance’

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UPDATED – Agenda: Competitiveness (Internal Market, Industry, Research and Space) Council (30 November – 1 December 2017)

Update: The draft minutes are now available.

The Council will be invited to agree on a general approach to establish a single digital gateway.  Ministers will also take part in a debate on industrial policy with a view to adopting conclusions on a future EU strategy on this topic. In addition, the regular “Competitiveness check-up” part of the session will focus on industrial policy objectives. The Council will examine the way forward for the EU space programmes and will be invited to adopt conclusions on the mid-term review of the Copernicus programme. Finally, A set of draft conclusions titled “From the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020 towards the ninth framework programme” will be submitted to the Council for approval.

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UPDATED – Official Journal (L Series): Regulation (EU) 2017/1566 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 September 2017 on the introduction of temporary autonomous trade measures for Ukraine supplementing the trade concessions available under the Association Agreement

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Debates, Vote Results & Texts Adopted: European Parliament Plenary Session (11 – 14 December 2017)

Vote results and texts adopted will be added when available.

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Official Journal (L Series): Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2329 of 14 December 2017 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

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Comitology Committee: Written Consultation of the Committee on Safeguards and Common Rules for Exports

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At a Glance: EU-Japan trade deal finalised

Following the political agreement in principle reached in July 2017, a final accord on the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) was announced on 8 December 2017. The Commission aims that the agreement come into effect before the end of its mandate in 2019, after the approval of the Council and the European Parliament. However, negotiations on investment protection standards and investment protection dispute resolution will continue.

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Press Release: WTO meeting in Buenos Aires: A missed opportunity

Participating at the final session of the 11th biannual ministerial conference in Buenos Aires, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström expressed her disappointment at the failure of the Ministerial Conference to deliver any multilateral outcomes.

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UPDATED – Agenda: 1563rd Meeting of the Special Committee on Agriculture – Morning only (4 December 2017)

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Official Journal (L Series): Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Chile on trade in organic products

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Official Journal (L Series): Council Decision (EU) 2017/2307 of 9 October 2017 on the conclusion of the Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Chile on trade in organic products

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Second Council conclusions on the 11th World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference

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Draft Implementing Regulation: Urgent amendments on UCC implementing act

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Press Release: S&Ds push to bring the EU’s trade policy into the digital age

Today, the European Parliament adopted as the first EU institution a digital trade strategy. The digitisation of our economies raises new questions about market access for digital goods and services in third countries and the protection of digital rights. Most of the existing trade rules were written in the ‘analogue age’, the European Parliament now wants to bring them into the 21st century.

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UPDATED – Agenda: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (11-12 December 2017)

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Event: International trade and globalization – Implications for regional growth, employment and industrial renewal (Brussels, 22 January 2018)

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Report from the Commission on the exercise of the power to adopt delegated acts conferred on the Commission pursuant to Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 November 2012 on quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs

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EU-Japan trade agreement: texts of the agreement

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