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On 1st July 2020 Germany took over the six-month Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU). The Council is a key institution in which representatives of the EU member states' governments meet to adopt laws and coordinate policies. The German Federal Government has formulated ambitious goals for the next six months.

Cross-border movement of goods and services is the foundation of modern global trade. Over the past years, however, trade and investment barriers have been increasing, a recent report by the European Commission says.

What are current trends in technical market access in India and how do they affect German companies? These and related issues were discussed in a webinar organised by the Indian country component of the Global Project Quality Infrastructure (GPQI) in cooperation with the German Asia-Pacific Business Association (OAV) and Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI) on 10 June 2020. Nearly 100 industry experts from various sectors joined the webinar to get insights into mandatory certification and business opportunities in India.

The Global Project Quality Infrastructure (GPQI) in cooperation with the German Embassy and the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) organised a webinar on “Technical Market Access Challenges in India - In Times of the Corona Pandemic” on 2 June 2020.

OAV, along with GIZ – the German Agency for International Cooperation – and Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI), would like to cordially invite you to a webinar on trends in technical market access in India. After an introductory presentation on business opportunities for German companies by Boris Alex, Director India of GTAI, GIZ will inform about current trends in technical regulation and support for companies to address challenges through the political dialogue.

Exporte von Medizinprodukten und persönlicher Schutzausrüstung (PSA) wie Masken und Schutzanzügen aus China haben durch COVID-19 stark zugenommen. Nach Medienberichten über fehlerhafte chinesische Produkte in Europa begann die chinesische Regierung Ende März 2020 die Ausfuhrbedingungen und Exportkontrollen für relevante Produktgruppen zu verschärfen. Die Neuregelungen führten teilweise zu erheblichen Hindernissen für ausländische Unternehmen und Exporteure. Als Reaktion auf diese Probleme modifizierte die chinesische Seite Ende April 2020 die Regelungen.