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In recent years, the number of cases brought before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has significantly increased. To address this, the European Council has adopted changes that should give the CJEU considerably more flexibility in how it handles certain preliminary ruling requests, and in particular those relating to international trade issues. 

From September 30, 2023, new EU and UK sanctions will come into effect targeting the imports of specified iron and steel products which are processed in third countries and incorporate Russian-origin iron and steel inputs. Importers will need to declare upon import whether the imported goods are compliant (and be prepared to provide evidence demonstrating

Tamara Capeta, Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union, has given her opinion regarding the scope of the EU Foreign Direct Investment Screening Regulation. AG Capeta considers the Regulation to cover not only acquisitions by foreign (non-EU) investors, but also the acquisition of one EU undertaking by another, if the acquirer

Last year, the European Union legislature adopted the far-reaching Foreign Subsidies Regulation aiming to tackle the distortive effects on EU markets of financial support by non-EU countries to undertakings active in the EU. On 6 February 2023, the European Commission launched the much-anticipated public consultation on a draft Implementing Regulation, including two annexes containing notification

On August 24, the European Commission (“Commission”) made public its intent to implement the recommendation and ruling from the World Trade Organization (“WTO”), and bring the safeguard measure on certain steel products (“Steel Safeguards”) into conformity with the WTO Agreement on Safeguards and the GATT 1994.

The Commission also invited interested parties to submit comments