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    • 30/04/2020
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    Van Bael & Bellis associate Victor Crochet wins 2019-2020 Society of International Economic Law / Journal of International Economic Law / Oxford University Press Essay Prize

    Van Bael & Bellis associate Victor Crochet has won the 2019-2020 Society of International Economic Law / Journal of International Economic Law / Oxford University Press Essay Prize for his essay titled “China’s ‘Going Global’ Policy: Transnational subsidies under the WTO SCM Agreement”, which he co-authored with Vineet Hegde, a PhD researcher in WTO Law at the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU Leuven. The SIEL/JIEL/OUP Prize is awarded for the best essay submitted on any topic in the field of international economic law. The essay is available as a working paper on the website of the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies.

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    • 30/03/2020
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    Gabriele Coppo speaks at the ERA Annual Conference on EU Environmental Law

    On 19-20 March 2020, Van Bael & Bellis partner Gabriele Coppo participated as a speaker in the online livestream Annual Conference on EU Environmental Law organised by ERA. Gabriele's presentation focused on linkages between EU trade law and environmental policy. Gabriele also spoke on a panel discussing Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) in the wake of CJEU Opinion 1/17 and the Achmea Case (C-284/16). Other speakers included, inter alia, Valerie Fogleman, Professor of Law at Cardiff University School of Law and Politics, Franck Lecomte, Legal Secretary to Judge Toader, CJEU, Milena Novakova, Legal and Policy Officer, DG Environment, European Commission, Colin T. Reid, Professor of Law at the University of Dundee, Christoph Sobatta, Legal Secretary to AG Kokott, CJEU.

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  • Commanding international trade practice with a market-leading Brussels team and additional experience in Geneva.

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  • Van Bael & Bellis is highly regarded, particularly for its expertise in anti-dumping matters although the practice also handles a range of customs and WTO matters.

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    • 15/04/2020
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    EU Customs Issues and Covid-19

    The EU Commission has published a Communication entitled “Guidance on Customs issues related to the COVID-19 emergency” providing practical information for day-to-day customs operations in view of the COVID-19 crisis. The Communication addresses various issues, namely: e-commerce - customs representation, customs decisions, customs debts and guarantees, entry of goods, customs procedures, transit, special procedures, and exit of goods. The attached memorandum provides you some of the points raised in the Communication.

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    • 08/04/2020
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    Impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations in the EU

    On 13 March 2020, the European Commission published a Notice on the consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak on antidumping and anti-subsidy investigations (the Notice). Pursuant to the Notice, the COVD-19 outbreak will affect the anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations carried out by the European Commission as follows: 1. Suspension of verification visits The Commission decided to suspend all verification visits to the affected areas until further notice. Instead, the Commission will carefully examine the information provided by interested parties in the framework of the investigations and cross-check it with information available from other sources. Moreover, if the Commission considers the information submitted inaccurate or incomplete, it will base its findings on verified or other proven facts on the record of the investigation. In view of this, it becomes essential for all exporting producers cooperating with the European Commission to provide a complete, accurate and substantiated questionnaire response supplemented by all necessary annexes and worksheets in order to enable the Commission to verify and reconcile the data without visiting the company’s premises. 2. Extended deadlines Due to the extraordinary circumstances, the Commission may grant a 7-day extension to companies located in areas affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Furthermore, the Commission will consider granting a longer extension if the requesting company is particularly affected by additional substantial safety measures (such as quarantine periods and/or mandatory factory closures). In order to qualify for an additional extension, the requesting company has to provide a sufficient explanation on how the additional time would help to prepare a more comprehensive questionnaire response. It is also necessary to describe how the additional substantial safety measures affect the requesting company’s capacity to provide the required information. It must be noted that the Notice does not address the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the on-going second review of the steel safeguard measures. Therefore, it remains to be seen whether the timeframe of the review or any of its substantive aspects will be affected by the pandemic. Please click here to access the Notice.

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    • 08/04/2020
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    New Italian measures to cope with covid-19 in light of EU and WTO law

    On 6 April 2020, the Italian Government adopted a Law Decree (so-called “Decreto Liquidità”) laying down additional measures to support companies negatively affected by the economic consequences of the Covid-19 outbreak. These measures aim at alleviating the devastating effects of the outbreak on the Italian economy. However, it would appear that some of the measures may raise issues in light of EU and WTO law. Since the final text of the Law Decree has not yet been published in the Italian Official Journal, this flash alert is based on the measures as described in the press release issued by the Italian Government on 6 April 2020.

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