Two leading committees of the EU Parliament adopt their position on the proposed Forced Labour Products Ban Regulation
On 16 October, two leading committees of the EU Parliament (IMCO and INTA) adopted their position on the proposed Forced Labour Products Ban Regulation, which includes a number of important changes to the Commission’s proposal. The two committees propose, among other suggestions, to reverse the burden of proof for “high risk products” requiring economic operators to demonstrate that the goods in question are free from forced labour. In addition to the Member States’ competent authorities, the Commission should also be vested with investigatory powers. The suggested amendments will be submitted to a plenary session of the EU Parliament, while the EU Council is yet to adopt its position on the proposed Regulation.
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