French Government Suspends Discriminatory Product-Labeling Requirement Due To Lawfare Project Lawsuit

The Lawfare Project

The Lawfare Project

Earlier this month, French authorities announced the suspension of a discriminatory and politicized labeling requirement imposed on Israeli products, pending a decision by the European Court of Justice. The requirement mandated that products from the West Bank and Golan Heights be labeled with the designation “colonies israéliennes” (“Israeli colonies”, referring to the settlements). The suspension was prompted by a lawsuit commenced by The Lawfare Project in 2017 against the French Minister for Economic Affairs and Finance.

The Lawfare Project’s initial action was brought before the Conseil d’État (Council of State, France’s highest court) on behalf of Psâgot Winery LTD, an Israeli vineyard whose European distributors are subject to the labeling rules. Psâgot is being represented by revered law firm Cabinet Briard.

In May 2018, the Conseil d’État referred two questions—narrow but central to the landmark case—to the European Court of Justice for its opinion, expected to be issued in Fall 2019.

Brooke Goldstein, Executive Director of The Lawfare Project, said: “We are glad the French government will not be applying its discriminatory and unlawful policies, pending the outcome of the case. However, we should not have reached this point in the first place, where an Israeli company must rely on European courts to enforce basic economic rights. The entire issue could easily have been rendered moot had the French government announced that the policy—which clearly contradicts EU and French trade laws—would be suspended indefinitely.”

About the Lawfare Project: Headquartered in New York, The Lawfare Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is a legal think tank and litigation fund committed to protecting the civil and human rights of Jewish communities around the world. To learn more, please visit https://www.thelawfareproject.org.

Foreign Secretary To Highlight Importance Of Continued European Security Cooperation

The Foreign Secretary is in Luxembourg to meet with his European counterparts

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The Foreign Secretary will reiterate to European counterparts today (15 October) that emerging global threats such as migration and cyber-attacks will only be tackled if we maintain close cooperation.

This comes ahead of a key week in which the Prime Minister will be taking her proposal for a deal to the EU at the October European Council.

At the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg, Mr Hunt will argue that the merits of achieving a deal are in our mutual interests, and will reiterate the importance of continued international security cooperation in the face of new and emerging threats on a global scale.

Mr Hunt will tell the UK’s partners that issues such as cyber, chemical weapons, terrorism and migration can only be tackled as a united force.

The Foreign Secretary was able to thank eight of his European counterparts yesterday for their support and collaboration in equipping the EU with a new chemical weapons sanctions regime.

The Foreign Secretary said:

This is a crucial week both for the UK and our European partners. The importance of achieving a Brexit deal that respects the autonomy of the EU and the sovereignty of the UK cannot be overstated.

And delivering this is vital for our security too because economic relations sit at the heart of all our partnerships including the vital security alliances we have with our friends in Europe.

Green Great Britain Week – Simple Steps You Can Take To Reduce Emissions

Find out how you or your business could reduce emissions and help to tackle climate change

As part of Green Great Britain Week, you, your friends and family, and your business can reduce emissions, save costs, and could help tackle climate change.

Below are 10 actions that households and businesses can take to tackle climate change, reduce emissions and save money.

 

 

Advice for individuals and households

 

  1. Prepare your home for winter: the government-endorsed Simple Energy Advice service has personalised advice on how to make your home warmer.
  2. Upgrade your heating controls: Energy Saving Trust has guidance on thermostats and controls. Simple Energy Advice has personalised advice on how to make your home warmer.
  3. Get a Smart Meter: Smart Energy GB has more about Smart Meters, or just speak to your energy supplier directly about getting an installation.
  4. Turn off your electronic devices: Get further guidance on electronic devices and appliances from Energy Saving Trust
  5. Understand where your pension is invested: If you are thinking about making changes to your pension, consider obtaining professional advice. The Money Advice Service provides guidance on choosing a financial advisor.
  6. Walk or cycle on short journeys: Public Health England’s The “Active 10” app can help you build ten minutes of brisk walking into your day.
  7. Test drive an electric vehicle: Go Ultra Low is a joint government and industry campaign which aims to increase purchase consideration of electric vehicles. It also includes a useful tool to estimate how much you could save by driving an electric vehicle.
  8. Recycle and avoid food waste by planning meals in advance: Love Food, Hate Waste has helpful tips on how to reduce the amount of food you throw away.
  9. Recycle more – and use the right bin: Recycle More has lots of information about recycling for households.
  10. Use a reusable coffee cup, water bottle and shopping bag: Find out about refill schemes which allow you to fill up your water bottle for free.
Advice for businesses

 

  1. Prevent waste by reusing and recycling: Take a look at Business in the Community’s circular office resources and sign up to the circular office campaign. You can also find out more with WRAP’s recycling guide for offices.
  2. Cut your energy use: Take a look at the Carbon Trust’s report, Office based companies: Maximising energy savings in an office environment (April 2018). Note that you need to register for free account.
  3. Get a Smart Meter: Smart Energy GB has more about Smart Meters, or just speak to your energy supplier directly about getting an installation.
  4. Improve your buildings: The Carbon Trust’s Building Fabric Guide (March 2018) introduces the main energy saving opportunities relating to building fabric.
  5. Review your vehicle fleet: The Energy Saving Trust offers guidance and bespoke fleet consultancy services, funded by Department for Transport.
  6. Engage with your employees: Take a look at the Smart Energy GB and Carbon Trust employers’ guide to raise energy efficiency awareness at home and at work.
  7. Prioritise at Board Level: The Energy Managers Association provides a useful a guide on Energy Reduction for Boards and Directors.
  8. Find out if your business can benefit from ‘green’ tax reliefs.
  9. Find out if your business can benefit from government investment.
  10. Understand the long-term risks and opportunities of climate change for your business: Use the Taskforce for Climate Related Financial Disclosure’sknowledge hub to find out more.

Help Shape The Development Of A New Online-Filing Service For CICs

CICs and Agents, who file on behalf of CICs, are invited to participate in user-testing the new online report and accounts filing service from Companies House

Online-Filing service for CICs

Online-Filing service for CICs

Are you a Community Interest Company (CIC) or an Agent who files on behalf of one?

  • Would you like to help shape the development of a new service to allow CICs to file their annual report and accounts online?
  • We are looking for CICS & Agents to participate in user testing our new online filing service at Companies House, Cardiff.
  • The testing will take approximately an hour and will help make the new service fit for the needs of CICs and their Agents.
  • Please note, the service is in the early stages of development.
  • You must continue to file the CIC34 and accounts on paper.

If you are interested in taking part please email surveys@companieshouse.gov.uk for further details.

New Training Centre To Keep Oxfordshire A Hi-Tech Hotspot

A training centre that will equip up to 350 apprentices per year with badly-needed technical skills for the local economy is now taking shape at Culham Science Centre near Abingdon

Breaking ground for OAS building

Breaking ground for OAS building

Oxfordshire Advanced Skills (OAS) is a partnership between the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) and the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) to increase the number of trained technicians available to local employers.

Construction of the 3,800-square metre new OAS centre is underway at UKAEA’s Culham site, undertaken by Midas Construction Ltd. The building will welcome its first intake of apprentices in September 2019. OAS Phase 1 has been operational and training apprentices for two years in an existing facility at Culham. The number of trainees has increased to almost 80 and there are now 16 partner employers on board. New employers sending their apprentices to OAS this year include Veolia Oxford Technologies, Oxford Instruments, Polar Technology, Valeofoods, Abbott and Satellite Applications Catapult.

The new building will be able to accommodate many more apprentices, with industry-standard equipment covering a wide range of engineering and technology disciplines. OAS is working with local businesses to ensure the facilities meet their advanced training needs.

Apprentice training at the new OAS centre (OAS Phase 2) will be provided by the MTC’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre (AMTC). AMTC is a state-of-the-art training centre based next to the Manufacturing Technology Centre near Coventry. It has an impressive track record in teaching not only core engineering skills but also the latest advanced manufacturing techniques being used in industry.

David Martin, the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s Chief Operating Officer – himself a former apprentice and the driving force behind OAS – said:

Oxfordshire is one of Europe’s biggest areas for science and technology, and the amount of people employed in these industries is four times the national average. We can only sustain this success if we have more skilled young people coming through, and OAS is a vital part of this skills pipeline.

The number of new starters at OAS for 2018 proves the demand exists for high quality apprenticeships in the area. The employer-led training centre we are building at Culham will allow us to greatly expand our capacity and provide more local firms with technicians who can go straight into the workplace with the skills the employer needs.

In AMTC we are partnering with one of the UK’s most forward-thinking training organisations. They will give apprentices at OAS access to new technologies and ways of working, ready for the hi-tech industries of the future.

Paul Rowlett, Managing Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre, said:

Having an insight into tomorrow’s technology gives us the ability to create training programmes and apprenticeships to equip industry with a capable workforce. We are delighted to be working with UKAEA and STFC to deliver the Oxfordshire Advanced Skills training programme. There is a clear synergy and shared vision across our organisations.

Helen Johnson, Head of Apprenticeship & Graduate Schemes at STFC said:

STFC already employs more than 80 apprentices across our laboratories and has a vibrant and growing apprenticeship programme, recruiting and training apprentices in engineering, project management, computing and ICT. They are an integral part of STFC’s skill base and this expansion of what OAS is able to offer engineering and technology apprentices is fantastic news for STFC and the many partner organisations we work with in the commercial and public sectors.

For more information contact Nick Holloway, UKAEA Media Manager – nick.holloway@ukaea.uk or 01235 466232.

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