European Commission narrows down export authorisation requirements to protective masks only and extends geographical and humanitarian exemptions

14 April 2020 |

The new Regulation, that will adjust the export authorisation scheme set up on 15 March and is set out to apply for a limited period of 30 days (as of 26 April 2020), covers one single product category, protective masks. In addition to previously existing exceptions, it exempts from the authorisation requirement exports to Western Balkans countries, as well as Gibraltar and territories of Member States excluded from the EU customs union and requires Member States to authorise exports of emergency supplies in the context of humanitarian aid and asks them to positively assess exports to State agencies in charge of distributing personal protective equipment or involved in combating the coronavirus outbreak. The Regulation obliges Member States to consult the European Commission when assessing whether to issue an export authorisation.

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