EU: Proposal to ban products made with forced labor from the EU market
The proposal will now need to be discussed and agreed by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.
The European Commission (EC) today proposed to prohibit products made with forced labor from the EU market.
As explained in the EC release:
- The proposal covers all products, namely those made in the EU for domestic consumption and exports, and imported goods, without targeting specific companies or industries.
- The proposal builds on internationally agreed definitions and standards, and underlines the importance of close cooperation with global partners.
- National authorities will be empowered to withdraw from the EU market products made with forced labor, following an investigation.
- EU customs authorities will identify and stop products made with forced labor at EU borders.
The proposal will now need to be discussed and agreed by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union before it can enter into effect. It would apply 24 months after its effective date.
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