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The European Commission’s plans to cut consumption of lightweight plastic bags are at odds with the principals of free trade, according to an alliance of trade bodies including PlasticsEurope, the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union and the Toy Industries of Europe. 16 April 2014
The global push on toy safety in recent years, which some government regulators believe has reduced the number of unsafe toys in the market, is not going away. 5 February 2014
The European Commission has concluded that the use of high molecular weight phthalates in certain toys and childcare products poses no risk to infants. The findings, which also include adult sex toys, are in line with the conclusions presented last August by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). 3 February 2014
The European Commission has fined Recticel, Carpenter, Greiner and Eurofoam a total of €114m for their part in a polyurethane foam cartel. Vita, which alerted the Commission, escaped a fine. According to the Commission, the companies – along with Vita – colluded to fix the price of various types of foam in 10 EU member states between 2005 and 2010. 30 January 2014
GKV, the association of German plastics processors, has regularly been critical of the effect on its members of the German EEG renewable energy law and has now joined forces with seven other trade associations to issue a joint statement calling for “honest discussion” on energy costs. The rising EEG rate is harming competitiveness of German companies, the associations said. 24 January 2014
India's plastics sector is increasingly asking for higher tariffs and more government support against imports, particularly from competitors in Southeast Asia and China, as it copes with the country's slowest economic growth rates in a decade. 24 January 2014
Uponor, the Finnish manufacturer of plastic pipe and indoor climate equipment, announced on 22 January that it was withdrawing its sales and profit forecasts for 2013 due to Q4 problems at its French subsidiary. The company cited the cancellation during Q4 of official French approval of a "central product system, leading to a drop in sales". 24 January 2014
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has proposed a lower tolerable daily intake (TDI) for bisphenol A (BPA) after finishing its long-awaited review of health studies into the chemical. But it adds that exposure levels in all population groups are still much lower than the new recommended TDI. 17 January 2014
The borough of Paulsboro, New Jersey, in the US, has threatened plastics and chemicals maker Solvay Specialty Polymers USA with a lawsuit over alleged water pollution coming from the firm's fluoropolymers plant in West Deptford, New Jersey. 17 January 2014
The most hazardous plastics and certain plastic bags should be banned by 2020 as part of an EU strategy to reduce plastic waste in the environment, according to members of the European Parliament (MEPs). 16 January 2014
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has dismissed appeals brought by companies against fines imposed because of their participation in a cartel in the plastic industrial bags and sacks market. But in an unusual twist, the ECJ ruled that because the proceedings leading to the 2011 imposition of fines was so long (five years and nine months), they can sue the EU for damages for harm caused by this wait for justice. 6 January 2014
Russia’s competition authority FAS (Federal Antimonopoly Service) has imposed a €2.74m fine on another Russian company, Siberian Chemical Company (SCC), after it took part with other suspension PVC (PVC-S) producers in a price fixing cartel. 2 January 2014
The third round of negotiations between the EU and the US for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership began on 16 December. 20 December 2013
The European Commission has launched the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme of funding which will make available €80bn for research and innovation projects between 2014 and 2020. The Commission has announced a call for projects that could be awarded some of the €15bn of funds available in the first two years of the new programme. 17 December 2013
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has struck a global deal that should ease import and customs procedures that can hold up the delivery of plastics, raw materials and plastic products to export customers. This is expected to reduce the cost of trading. 11 December 2013


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