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MR-125 / The EU's Globally Harmonized System of the Classification & Labeling of Chemicals

For companies involved in global trade, complying with different labeling requirements can be expensive, tricky, and often inefficient.

To address this problem, the United Nations adopted the “Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals” (GHS) as a non-binding resolution. Recently, the European Commission proposed to implement the United Nation’s GHS system into law.

The Commission aims to time the GHS's entry into force as closely as possible to REACH to allow consistency of transitional arrangements of GHS and REACH. 

Our latest Market Research Report explains the European Union's Globally Harmonised System and provides advice on how companies can comply with the GHS's requirements.

MR-116 / European Union: The EU Chemical Safety Regulation- REACH

This report outlines the new EU chemicals policy known as REACH. Adopted in December 2006, REACH stands for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of chemicals (Regulation 1907/2006 - December 18, 2006). With REACH, some 30,000 chemicals will need a registration for the EU market, and for the most dangerous ones, an authorization must be obtained. Obligations under REACH will apply not only to chemicals companies but to any business which uses chemicals and sells to the EU. Electronics, automotive, cosmetics and textiles are only a few examples of sectors that will be affected by REACH.

REACH will enter into force on June 1, 2007 in the twenty-seven EU member states. The first business-relevant deadlines will apply one year later in June 2008. Until the new procedures on registering and authorizing chemicals become operational in 2008, the current system will remain in place.

This report has been drafted for U.S. exporters to Europe, in particular for small and medium sized enterprises, to inform them about this major new piece of legislation and to help them prepare for REACH. It gives an introduction to the main requirements of the legislation and deadlines for REACH compliance. The report provides links to more comprehensive sources of information.

MR-81 / The European Aviation Safety

In 2002, the European Commission adopted legislation leading to the creation of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to take over rulemaking, certification and uniform implementation from the Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) and the individual National Aviation Authorities (NAA) across Europe.

Operational since September 2003, this new agency is charged with establishing and maintaining a high and uniform level of civil aviation safety in Europe through rulemaking and consistent application of rules. By creating a single European market for industry and air operators, American access to it will be facilitated as a result of harmonization of requirements and recognition of certificates in line with international standards.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Commission, assisted by EASA, are negotiating a bilateral agreement to allow reciprocal acceptance of safety findings in an effort to avoid duplicative testing. Until that agreement is concluded, the agreements the FAA currently has with each of the National Aviation Authorities will remain in force to ensure

MR-30 / Trans-European Transport Projects

The European Union is currently working to piece together its networks of roads, railways and seaways into a series of integrated and technologically advanced Trans-European Transport Networks. The projects, which emphasize intermodality, are to be financed with an estimated EUR 600 billion by 2020.

MR-26 / European Union Financing of Airport Infrastructure in Central and Eastern Europe

This report examines European Union sources of funding for airport infrastructure projects in Central and Eastern Europe. From May 2004 the eight Central and East European countries set to join the European Union will be able to benefit from the full range of EU infrastructure funding possibilities including the Structural and Cohesion Funds, and the Interreg and Trans-European Transport Network initiatives. The report explains several grant programs as well as the work of the EIB and gives specific examples of how these resources have been used to finance airport infrastructure related projects.