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In its March 2019 paper “EU-China – A strategic outlook” (Strasbourg, 12.3.2019 JOIN(2019) 5 final), the EU examined the impact of Chinese state subsidies, and protection of the domestic market on investment by Chinese companies in the EU, and the limitations EU law has in dealing with any such impact. The paper stated: “EU policy tools do not fully address the effects within the EU internal market of subsidies granted by foreign governments. EU…

In a judgement of 7 April 2020 (ECLI:NL:HR:2020:623), the Dutch Supreme Court confirmed that the EU Blocking Regulation (“EUBR”) does not prevent extradition of an Iranian national to the United States for their alleged involvement in US export controls and sanctions violations. With this judgement, the Supreme Court upheld the judgement of the District Court of Rotterdam of 5 July 2019 (ECLI:NL:RBROT:2019:5338).   This case was triggered by an extradition request for an Iranian national…

On 6 April 2020, the European Commission adopted Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/502 (the “Implementing Regulation”) introducing additional tariffs on certain products originating from the US. This was adopted in retaliation to the further safeguard measures in the form of tariff increases, adopted by the United States on 24 January 2020, in relation to imports of certain derivative aluminium and steel products which took effect with unlimited duration on 8 February 2020. Effective May 2020, the…

On 13 March 2020, the Official Journal published the Common Military List of the European Union, as adopted by the Council on 17 February 2020 (2020/C 85/01). The document lists items covered by Council Common Position 2008/944/CFSP defining common rules governing the control of exports of military technology and equipment. It updates and replaces the Common Military List of the European Union that was adopted by the Council on 18 February 2019. Notable changes include…