State of the Union: Five key takeaways from Ursula Von der Leyen
17 September 2020
Key points from von der Leyen's state of the union speech [caption id="attachment_14822" align="alignnone" width="640"]...
Sometimes it takes some time before
tangible results can be secured in the world of lobbying – this week however we
have achieved a goal that EuroCommerce, representing us in Brussels, and GRTU
as their national members pursued since 2005. The European Commission has
announced the withdrawal of its proposal for a mandatory origin marking scheme
for certain imported products, better known as "Made-In" label.
As the Commission's justification for
the withdrawalconfirms: "In addition to lack of agreement in the Council
and recent developments in the legal interpretation of WTO rules have rendered
this proposal outdated".
If adopted, this proposal would have
created an obligation to indicate on certain imported non-food products
(leather, footwear, clothing, …) the country of origin. This would have been
costly and bureaucratic for EU importers and retailers, whereas EU
manufacturers would have been exempted from that obligation – a classical
non-tariff barrier to trade.
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