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EEU and Russia: call to ban MIT and MCI from child cosmetics

The recent prohibition of MIT (Methylisothiazolinone) in all leave-on cosmetics marketed in the European Union triggered the start of public campaign in Russia. The campaign is led by the media project “LookBio” and the website ekokosmetika.ru.  The aim of this campaign is to totally exclude MIT from child cosmetic products placed on the Russian market.

EEU: Hazardous substances in electrical and electronic products will be restricted

On 4 August 2016 the text of the draft Technical Regulation (TR) on the Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment has been published. The text is in line with the European Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2).  The provisions of the TR would apply to the whole EEU: Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan.

EEU: Unmarked fur products are prohibited as of 12 August 2016

All EEU countries (Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan) have ratified the Agreement on the pilot project on light industry product labelling for natural fur products. The Agreement enters into force on 12 August 2016. From this date all fur products distributed or sold in the EEU territory must bear a special identification mark. Sale, storage, use and transportation of unmarked fur clothing and other natural fur products becomes prohibited.

EEU: “Aggressive” or “immoral” toys may be banned from the market

Draft amendment to Technical Regulation of the Customs Union «On Safety of Toys» (CU TR 008/2011) aims to prohibit placing on the EEU market of toys which have a possible negative impact on the development and health of children causing aggression, fear and anxiety or which provoke children to be intolerant to racial differences or to physical impairments of other people or those which develop their interest in gambling. 

Russia: Proposal to postpone compulsory registration for environmental polluters

The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment has published a proposal according to which all environmental polluters will have to register themselves later than it was initially planned. The proposal would move the registration deadline one year forward (i.e. to 31 December 2017 instead of 31 December 2016).

Ukraine: authorities will not be checking environmental complaints made by organisations

State environmental inspection will only be investigating grounded environmental complaints made by individuals.  The amendment to the procedure for environmental inspection of organisations was introduced by Order No. 101 of 16 March 2016. The amendment provides that a non-scheduled environmental inspection may only be conducted following a complaint of an individual (instead of “an individual or an organization” as before) regarding a breach of his or her lawful rights.

 

When do the EEU Technical Regulations enter into force in Kyrgyzstan?

The timeframe was set for Kyrgyzstan for the entry into force of EEU Technical Regulations.  It was adopted by Decision No. 11 of 26 January 2016 of the Eurasian Economic Commission. The TRs will become mandatory in Kyrgyzstan on different dates, and the last one to become mandatory is the TR on automotive and aviation fuel which is to become fully mandatory on 12 August 2021.

The TRs are to be enforced in Kyrgyzstan in four “batches”.

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