Review of REACH chemicals regulation

27 February 2013

Mark Selby looks at the European Commission’s report on Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), which discusses the progress of the regulation to date, as well as suggesting improvements.

Transport: a challenge for policy makers

26 February 2013

Transport presents many difficulties for policy makers seeking better air quality. Rob Bell reports on the findings of the latest European Environment Agency report assessing the environmental impact of transport across Europe.

Why segregation for sea is so demanding

13 February 2013

Almost all goods to be shipped are containerised. Although the containers may appear indestructable, when things go wrong, the consequences are far-reaching. Richard Masters discusses the importance of safe stowage for dangerous goods.

In Court: registration of a Community trade mark

30 January 2013

Judgment in Joined Cases T-225/06 RENV, T-255/06 RENV, T-257/06 RENV, and T-309/06 RENV Budějovický Budvar národní podnik v OHIM, dismissing the actions brought by Budějovický Budvar against the registration of the Community trade mark “Bud” for beer, applied for by Anheuser-Busch. Neil Baylis reports.

USA Hazcom 2012

8 January 2013

Gill Pagliuca examines the revised USA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), known as Hazcom 2012.

In court: VAT on intra-Community transactions

2 January 2013

Neil Baylis looks at Case C-273/11: Mecsek-Gabona Kft v Nemzeti Adó-és Vámhivatal Dél-dunántúli Regionális Adó Főigazgatósága, regarding the charging of VAT on intra-Community transactions.

Doha is dying: long live free trade

2 January 2013

Paul Clarke presents a round-up of the situation, at present, of the EU’s various current, nearly-concluded and proposed trade agreements with other countries and trading blocs, which will have a significant effect on British international traders.

Taxation of capital gains lands UK in EU court

20 December 2012

Paul Clarke examines the European Commission’s process for monitoring Member States’ application of EU law, illustrated by the UK’s Taxation Chargeable Gains Act.

Coming into effect: “place of supply” VAT rules for services

20 December 2012

The measures by which Directive 2006/112/EC (the Principal VAT Directive) was to be implemented were set out in Regulation 1777/2005 until that legislation was replaced by Regulation 282/2011, to take account of changes with regard to the place of taxation for services. Paul Clarke reports.