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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.

On 22 May 2020, the annual government work report was published at the so-called "Two Sessions" of the National People's Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). In order to implement the major tasks for 2020 set out in the work report, the State Council issued relevant guidelines on 6 June 2020. The guidelines designate specific ministries responsible for each priority area.

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.

On June 10, 2020, INMETRO announced the  creation of a working group to advise INMETRO’s Presidency on the modernization of the its Regulatory Model (Grupo de Trabalho para Modernização do Modelo Regulatório do INMETRO - GTMRI). After changes in personnel, including the presidency and directors, GTMRI sets out to prepare a proposal for the modernization of INMETRO’s Regulatory Model.

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.