Archive for September, 2012

ICC’s Framework for Responsible Food and Beverage Marketing

27 September 2012, Beijing
 
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) released a revised Framework for Responsible Food and Beverage Marketing Communications.
 
The publication presents a standard, uniformed approach to encourage responsible food and beverage communication and it is relevant self-regulatory tool at a time when pressure on industry is increasing.
 
Download the ICC Framework for Responsible Food and Beverage Marketing Communications.
 
Read more about the Consolidated ICC Code of Advertising and Marketing Communications.
 

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More Trade News in Brief – Week 40 (24 – 30 September 2012)

* Canada-Jordan FTA Enters Into Force
 
The free trade agreement (FTA) between Canada and Jordan was signed in June, 2009 and it is to enter into force on October 1, 2012.
 
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* US Forbids To Comply With EU ETS
 
US Senate Forbids US’s airlines to complying with the European Union’s emissions trading scheme (ETS).
 
More here.
 
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* Basel III monitoring exercise as of 31 December 2011
 
The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) published the report regarding the implications of the Basel III standards for financial markets.
 
More here.
 

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WTO Annual Report 2012

 
The World Trade Organization (WTO) published “WTO Annual Report 2012”: an overview of 2011 and a detailed review of the WTO’s main areas of activity (trade negotiations; implementation of WTO agreements and trade monitoring; dispute settlement; building trade capacity; and outreach).
 
WTO Annual Report 2012 - Trade News in Brief

WTO Annual Report 2012

 
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EU Signs Cooperation Agreement with China

20 September 2012, Brussels
 
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the European Union (EU) and China covers legislation, enforcement and technical cooperation regarding cartels, other restrictive agreements and the abuse of dominant market positions.
 
Please check the press release.
 

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EU Reinforces EUROSTAT

17 September 2012, Brussels
 
EUROSTAT, the European Union (EU)’s statistical office, have been clarified and reinforced to ensure high quality, reliable and independent European statistics.
 
EUROSTAT’s role is to supply statistics to the Commission and European Institutions, so they can define, implement, monitor and analyse EU policies.
 
Kindly find more information following the next links:
 
–          Reinforcing Eurostat, Reinforcing high quality statistics
–          European Statistics: FAQ
 

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More Trade News in Brief – Week 38 (10 – 16 September 2012)

* Liechtenstein & Germany – Tax Data Exchange
 
Liechtenstein and Germany are currently considering the idea of concluding a withholding tax agreement with an automatic exchange of tax information.
 
For more information please follow the link.
 
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* New Rules in the EU Standardisation System
 
The European Union (EU) prepare a new regulation modernising the EU Standardisation system and will also be better plugged into the international standardisation system.
 
The new rules enter into force on 1 January 2013 and will apply directly in all member states.
 
Kindly check here.
 
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* Equasis 2011 Annual Report published
 
“The world merchant fleet in 2011” has been published and is available for download.
 
Equasis is database containing safety-related information on the world’s merchant fleet from both public and private sources.
 
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* New ISO standard for eco-efficiency assessment
 
13 September 2012
 
The International Organization for Standardization  (ISO) published a new standard describing the principles, requirements and guidelines for eco-efficiency assessment for product systems.
 
ISO 14045:2012, Environmental management – Eco-efficiency assessment of product systems – Principles, requirements and guidelines is available through the ISO Store.
 
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* Singapore & Vietnam Sign DTA Protocol
 
12 September 2012
 
Singapore and Vietnam signed a protocol to amend the existing double taxation agreement (DTA) between the two countries.
 
For more, please check here.
 

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OECD’s Education at a Glance 2012

11 September 2012, Paris
 
The OECD’s published its annual report “Education at a Glance” which is the leading international compendium of comparable national statistics measuring the state of education worldwide.
 
The report analyses the education systems of the 34 OECD member countries, as well as those of Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia, Saudi Arabia and South Africa.
 
More here.

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Bolivia Will Start Talks for Full Membership of Mercosur

Bolivia will begin formal talks for full membership of Mercosur next year.
Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador are associate members while Venezuela joined Mercosur officially last July 31st.
 

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EU – Towards a Banking Union

With the banking union the European Union (EU) wants to break the link between Member States and their banks, to restore the credibility of the financial sector, to preserve tax payers’ money and to make sure that banks serve society and the real economy.
 
Three European supervisory authorities (ESAs) started work on 1 January 2011 to provide a supervisory framework:
–          the European Banking Authority (EBA)
–          the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)
–          the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA)
 
For more information please refer to the EU’s webpage.

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