New EU Dual-Use Regulation has entered into force
On 9 September 2021 the new Dual-Use Regulation (EU) 2021/821 entered into force, replacing the former Dual-Use Regulation (EC) No 428/2009. Dual-use items are goods, software and technology that can be used for both civilian and military applications. Although the basic system of control of dual-use items remains unchanged, the recast version nonetheless brings about some substantive law changes.
Changes in store with amended Electrical and Electronic Act
By amending the German Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act [Elektro- und Elektronikgerätegesetz – ElektroG], the aim is to increase the collection rate for waste electrical and electronic equipment (“WEEE”). That is because up to now the collection rate of 65% set by the EU has not been reached. What these changes mean, among other things, is that in future we will be able to return those faulty flashlights and old cell phones to nearby large discounters free of charge.
“Duties” on Imports for Embedded Green House Gas Emissions – EU proposes regulation establishing a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism
For some time now, the introduction of CO2 duties or a carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) has been discussed in the EU as part of the European Green Deal. The intention is to internalize the externalities of greenhouse gas emissions into the prices on imported goods. On 15 July 2021, the EU Commission presented a proposal for a regulation to introduce a CBAM.
GvW Online Tool for Human Rights and Environmental Compliance in Supply Chains
The new Act on Corporate Due Diligence in Supply Chains [Lieferkettensorg-faltspflichtengesetz, LkSG] requires companies to ensure the protection of human rights and environmental standards in their international supply chains. With our new online tool, clients can identify and assess risks along their supply chain free of charge.