EUCTP II activities and impacts featured in the press and news
(14/12/2015) FINANCIAL STABILITY AND POLICY
In a statement on 14 December 2015, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has accepted China as a shareholder. EBRD President Sir Suma Chakrabarti welcomed the decision. "China's membership of the EBRD will open up significant further opportunities for sustainable investment by Chinese groups in the regions where the EBRD works". The EBRD also stated it would like to do joint work with the new Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. China though will only be a financial donor and not recipient with its new membership. However, China may benefit indirectly through EBRD projects in countries such as Kazakhstan which overlap with the "One Belt, One Road" initiative. In September 2015, at the request of the People’s Bank of China, the EUCTP II organised a study assignment for a delegation from the Chinese Central Bank to the UK, Luxembourg and Belgium for meetings with a number of international financial institutes such as the EBRD, central banks as well as the European Commission. The assignment offered a platform for the Chinese delegates to explore the possibilities of joining the EBRD and building up synergies between the Belt and Road Initiative and the Junker Plan.
(16-25/09/2015) FINANCIAL SERVICES
China is actively involved in several international financial organisations as the World Bank, the IMF and some regional/ sub-regional development banks. The People’s Bank of China has been looking at joining more international financial institutions such as the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and at cooperating further with regional development banks. To support People's Bank of China in these efforts, EUCTP II organised a study assignment on the blueprint for infrastructure construction in Europe and the role of development financial institutions. In October 2015, China made a formal request to become a member of the EBRD.
(10-18 June 2015) SECURITIES
In recent years, the CSRC has focused on cracking down on insider trading and market manipulation which jeopardises the transparency and integrity of capital markets as well investors’ rights. In the last year and a half, more than a hundred individuals and companies have been referred to public security authorities by the China Securities Regulatory Commission for engaging in illegal trading via the use of inside information. In order to support both the CSRC and Chinese stock exchanges’ efforts in curbing insider trading and market abuse, EUCTP II organised a study assignment for six Chinese officials from the China Securities Regulatory Commission, the China Securities Depository and Clearing Corporation Limited, the China Securities Investor Protection Funds the China Securities Finance Corporation Limited to better understand the European legislative framework in this field. China’s national prosecuting departments have recently announced that financial crime crackdown was to be stepped up.
(29 June – 8 July 2015) CREATIVE AND CULTURAL INDUSTRIES
China will have the world’s biggest film market by 2020, catching up with the United States, currently the world's largest, as early as 2017. The National People's Congress is currently reviewing China’s first film industry promotion law. To assist the National People's Congress in its legislative review process, EUCTP II organised a seminar and a study assignment to Europe to provide China’s top legislators with a better understanding of relevant EU Member States’ experiences with film industry regulation. In August 2015, China’s Ministry of Finance and State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television jointly published a circular on the collection and use of special funds for the development of China’s film industry. On 31st October 2015, a draft of China's first film industry promotion law was submitted to National People's Congress Standing Committee for a first-round review.
(24 August 2015) Overall Services
The National People’s Congress (NPC) started the third review of the draft Asset Valuation Law on 24 August 2015. If passed, it will be the first overall Chinese law in the asset valuation industry. Compared to the previous draft, the current version would simplify administrative procedures. It will not only cancel a number of qualification thresholds to certain valuators, such as asset, land, mining right and insurance loss adjustment valuators, but also emphasizes normative industry behaviors. Asset valuation has become an increasingly important part of the Chinese economy, such as the reform of SOEs, listing of companies, international M&As, and valuation of company brands. To support the legislation of the Asset Valuation Law, the EUCTP II organised a Seminar on Asset Valuation Legal Framework in June 2013 for the NPC before the second review of the Law. The seminar served as a platform for Chinese and EU experts to share information on asset valuation legal frameworks.
(10/08/2015) FINANCIAL STABILITY AND POLICY
The People's Bank of China (PBOC) announced it would issue a new 100-yuan bank note from 12 November 2015. The new bank note will be harder to counterfeit and easier for machines to read. The design of the new bank note will stay largely the same as the 2005 series but have enhanced security features. Anti-counterfeiting is an indispensable part to maintaining the integrity of a currency system. At the request of the PBOC, the EUCTP II organised two study assignments to Europe for officials from PBOC’s Bureau of Currency, Gold and Silver and its local branches in 2012 and 2013. The Chinese delegations met with central banks representatives to learn about the European experience on anti-counterfeiting techniques, currency management and the issuance of commemorative coins.
(20-30/05/2015) FINANCIAL SERVICES
As China is scheduled to undergo the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) fourth round of mutual evaluation in 2017, it needs to build an AML system that is proportionate to its money-laundering/terrorism finance risk level, and improve the effectiveness of its AML/CFT regime in line with FATF’s risk-based approach requirements. In this context, EUCTP II organised a study assignment forofficials of the Anti-Money Laundering Bureau of China’s central banks in May 2015. An inter-ministerial meeting convened by China’s central bank was held in Beijing on 24 July 2015 to discuss combating illegal money transfers. More than 20 relevant departments, ministries and government agencies attended the meeting. A statistics system to combat money laundering is going to be set up and surveillance on cyber-crimes is going to be increased.
(21/05/2015) PUBLIC PROCUREMENT
In 2007, negotiations started for China to accede the plurilateral and legally binding Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) under the auspices of the World Trade Organization (WTO). By late 2014, China had submitted a fifth revised offer to accede to the GPA, the content of which is still under review by GPA Parties and China. In October 2014, the EUCTP II launched a comparative study to analyse the impacts of China’s GPA accession, examining relevant case studies (e.g. high-speed railway and nuclear power industry), outlining benefits from China’s domestic perspective and exploring the role of relevant reform policies. The early findings were presented and discussed during a seminar, attended by approximately 60 participants from different Chinese authorities’ procurement departments, representatives from State Owned Enterprises (SOEs), the EUCCC and the media.
Press releases (CN):
(23/11-04/12/2014) OVERALL SERVICES
EUCTP II has been organising activities with the Chinese Ministry of Justice aimed at supporting China’s intention to liberalise the legal services market. On April 15th 2015, Baker & McKenzie and FenXun Partners became the first international and Chinese law firms to enter into a Joint Operation in the China (Shanghai) Free Trade Zone (CSFTZ). Following this approval by Chinese authorities, they will provide their clients with international and PRC law capacity through the CSFTZ.
Press release (EN): http://www.bakermckenzie.com/news/bakermckenziechinajointoperationapr15/
(23/11-04/12/2014) OVERALL SERVICES
Regulatory restrictions limit the current market access of foreign law firms seeking to operate in China. China’s intention to liberalise the legal services market would allow foreign law firms to operate in China and would ensure a more internationalised market. Following upon the seminar on the globalisation and regulation of the legal profession, EUCTP II organised a study assignment for the Chinese Ministry of Justice to assist China’s reform efforts by drawing on the EU’s deep experience regulating and liberalising its legal services market.This study assignment is part of an ongoing and successful cooperation between the EC and the Chinese Ministry of Justice. Discussions are underway to establish future cooperation topics: cooperation or joint operation between Chinese and foreign law firms; Chinese law firms to use services provided by foreign lawyers; In January 2015, it was reported that an increasing number of Chinese law firms had begun to include foreign legal affairs as a part of their business.
(13-16/10/2014) FINANCIAL STABILITY AND POLICY
The liberalisation of capital account was highlighted as a key reform area by China’s government at the 18th Party congress in 2013. Chinese authorities have already taken some steps to gradually liberalise the country’s capital account, such as the establishment of a two-track capital flow regulation structure. At the request of the People's Bank of China’s Monetary Policy II Department – responsible for designing the framework for capital account liberalisation, EUCTP II organised a seminar on capital account convertibilityin Dalian and Beijing in October 2014. This informed Central bank officials of the essential steps to move towards capital account liberalisation, drawing on the EU’s experience of establishing a codified capital account liberalisation framework. The challenge for China is to allow the necessary adjustments in the economy to proceed, while at the same time maintaining growth. Early January 2015, announcements were made that China will put more emphasis on developing innovative policies to support cross-border RMB business.
(30 October 2014) OVERALL SERVICES
In July 2014, the European Union along with 13 other WTO members launched negotiations to liberalise global trade in environmental goods with the aim to lift trade and investment barriers in green goods. China is taking part in these negotiation talks and has expressed the wish to better understand the impacts of further liberalising environmental goods and services. In this context, EUCTP II organised a roundtable on the liberalisation of environmental goods and services for Chinese officials to better understand the impacts and consequences of eliminating tariffs on a wide range of environmental goods. China’s General Administration of Customs recently lowered import tariffs on 28 commodities in several areas, including environmental goods. Please see the following links:
- http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/900843.shtml (EN)
- http://www.sinotf.com/GB/109/1092/2015-01-08/zNMDAwMDE4NjIzNA.html (CN)
(5 November 2014) CREATIVE AND CULTURAL INDUSTRIES
China will have the world’s biggest film market by 2020, catching up with the United States, currently the world's largest, as early as 2017. The National People's Congress is currently reviewing China’s first film industry promotion law. To assist the National People's Congress in its legislative review process, EUCTP II organised a seminar to provide China’s top legislators with a better understanding of relevant EU Member States’ experiences with film industry regulation. Topics such as the European Union's copyright framework and Europe's various film rating system were extensively discussed. In January 2015, China's film director's guild called for reforms and asked for the launch of a film ratings system. Meanwhile, it has been reported that China's influence in global film market expanding.
(7-15 December 2014) OVERALL SERVICES
By 2020, China is foreseen to become the world’s largest e-commerce market and has the intention of becoming a global e-commerce leader – as outlined in China’s e-commerce 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015). However, China’s e-commerce legal and regulatory frameworks are still a work in progress, and the applicable laws and regulations require updating, clarity and effective enforcement. In this context, EUCTPII organised a study assignment for officials from MOFCOM to Europe aimed at improving China’s e-commerce regulatory framework by drawing on EU experience. Early January 2015 announcements that China would soon roll out the draft of its first e-commerce law were made.
(4-15 November 2012) TOURISM
In November 2012 EUCTP II organised a study visit to Europe to support the Legislative Affairs Commission of the National People's Congress in its review of the draft of the Tourism Law which took effect on October 2013. More than a year after the law was passed a report shows the regulation of the tourism industry has made good progress. To access the full article published by China Daily, please see the following link: here.
(25 November – 4 December 2014) SECURITIES
As China’s capital market continues to develop, its legislators and regulators need to further develop China’s basic principles for IPO registration system. In this context, EUCTPII organised a study visit to Europe to inform officials from the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) on European information disclosure rules and experiences in IPO reviewing process. Following this activity, CSRC approved 12 new IPOs in late December 2014 (see Global Times article here) and it has recently been announced that China was likely to see a 60% percent increase in IPOs in 2015 (see People’s Daily article here).
(17 October, 2014) Organic Agriculture and Plant Health and Animal Health and Welfare
Two-day training on EU Regulations and Practices to Assess Risk in Agricultural Products was held under the auspices of the EUCTP II in Qingdao. The Chinese Animal Health and Epidemiology Center (CAHEC), and Friederich Loeffler Institute (FLI), signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in animal health risk assessment. Please see the following links:
(22-24 October, 2014) Food Safety TraceabilityUnder the joint effort between the EU and China to fight fraud in food-related products and promote anti-counterfeit measures in the field of wine, spirits, non-alcoholic beverages and food, EUCTP II organised a Forum on on technologies used in food safety and product authentication in Beijing. To access the full article, please see the following link:
(7 May, 2014) Food Safety Traceability
On May 7th 2014, EUCTP II organised a Technical Conference and citrus juice processing technology and industry development forumin Changshato increase the capacity of the Chinese National Standardization Center of Food & Fermentation Industry (CNRIFFI) in respect to the development of Not-From-Concentrate (NFC) fruit juices production standards and authenticating procedures. To access the full article, please see the following link:
(23 September, 2014) Animal Health and Welfare
The closing ceremony for the second cohort of Field Epidemiology Training Program for Veterinarians (FETPV) was held in Qingdao on September 23rd, 2014. The program, supported by the EUCTP II, improves animal and public health using risk based approaches for the control of trans-boundary animal diseases, emerging infectious and zoonotic diseases. To access the full article, please see the following link:
(September 2014) Food Safety Standards follow up on activity
EUCTP II expert article “Antimicrobial resistance, A silent threat to human, animal and environmental health” published in the China Animal Health Inspection Journal in September 2014. To access the full article, please see the following link:
A key challenge for China’s developing capital market is effective enforcement of securities laws, particularly in relation to insider trading and market manipulation which undermines efficiency and confidence in the market. In November 2011 EUCTPII organised a seminar on Curbing Insider Tradingto raise the China Securities Regulatory Commission’s awareness of European Union practices dealing with insider trading, thus informing Chinese efforts to improve standards and policies to deal with this issue. Following-up this activity, a study assignment to Europe on securities law enforcement was organised for China Securities Regulatory Commission to share EU and Member State expertise and current practices on securities law punishment mechanisms. Hu Shuli, editor-in-chief of Caixin Media recently wrote an article arguing that the revision of China’s securities law is a change to liberalise the market.
(17/10/2014) Cross-Cutting Policies
On-going economic reform in China has supported the general recognition among international economists that competitive neutrality is a fundamental principle for economic efficiency in a market. In China, it is difficult to define national treatment because State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) and administrative authorities benefit from preferential treatment, reflecting industry and state policies. This creates competitive disadvantages for both foreign and domestic private investors. The EU’s regulatory regime for competition policy and state aid control has been an essential framework to achieve competitive neutrality and ensure a fair EU single market. In the context of establishing a unified, open and competitive market systemin China, EUCTP II organised a workshop on the EU’s approach to state aid control as the European experiences could be a valuable reference at a time when the Chinese government is pushing for further economic reform. To read the articles released by NDRC regarding the EU-China workshop on State Aid, please click here:http://jjs.ndrc.gov.cn/gzdt/201410/t20141017_629743.html#rd (CN)
(20/10/2014 – 24/10/2014) EU-CHINA COMPETITION WEEK 9
The EU competition regime has been an effective and powerful tool to protect the EU single market. Chinese policy makers from AMEAs are increasingly aware of the importance of fair competition and consider the EU regime a valuable reference for China’s goal to achieve sustainable economic growth through effective competition in the domestic market. The Competition Week established under the EU-China dialogue on competition policy between DG COMP and Chinese AMEAs has been a consistent and dynamic tool for engaging Chinese and European officials and relevant audiences to take part in exchanges on both policy and technical measures in the area of competition policy.This year EU-China competition week 9 was held in Chengdu from 20-24 October. At the event, both Chinese and EU interlocutors confirmed that the competition week model is having a long term impact on China’s AML enforcement capacity. Both sides would like to continue this cooperation mechanism to achieve the administrative joint law enforcement in competition policy in the long term. To read the articles released by each AMEAs regarding the competition week, please click here:
At the request of People's Bank of China’s Monetary Policy II Department – responsible for designing the framework for capital account liberalisation – EUCTPII organised a seminar in Dalian and Beijing (13-16/10/2014) on capital account liberalisation. The seminar aimed to inform Central bank officials on the essential steps to undertake if China’s wishes to liberalise its capital account, drawing on the EU’s experience of establishing a codified capital account liberalisation framework.
China to push on with capital account opening: central bank deputy chief | Reuters There was also speculation that China may delay some of its reforms to focus on bolstering the country's cooling economy, though the government has never publicly acknowledged that such a move is on the cards. Instead, Yi said in his piece entitled "A profound understanding of the new trends in China's economic development" that China will persevere in market-oriented reforms, which are meant to reduce state planning and its attendant waste. Yi, who also heads the agency that manages China's $3.9 trillion foreign exchange reserves, made the remarks in an opinion piece that ran in the ruling Communist Party's official People's Daily newspaper on Monday.
26/06/2014 QUALITY INFRASTRUCTURE
EUCTPII organized a seminar on EU-China Consumer Protection in Beijing on 26 June 2014 with the presence of Commissioner Mimica of DG SANCO and Minister ZHANG Mao of SAIC. This seminar was the first concrete cooperation activity taking place just a few days after the signature in Brussels of a joint statement between DG SANCO and SAIC. This event was highlighted in different media articles:
(20/10/2013 – 01/11/2013) SERVICES
EUCTPII organised a study assignment to Europe for officials from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) on the Liberalisation and Supervision of Legal Services, aimed at providing policy recommendations for the revision of the Regulations on Administration of Foreign Law Firms’ Representative Offices in China. On 27 January 2014, the Ministry of Justice approved the Shanghai Judicial Bureau’s “Pilot Work Scheme for Exploring China-Foreign Law Firm Business Cooperation Methods and Mechanisms in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone”. The Scheme is expected to expand liberalization of the legal services industry and serve as a model for other legal service markets in China. To access the full article, please see the following link:
(10-14 MARCH 2014) EU-CHINA COMPETITION WEEK
The eighth EU-China competition week, jointly hosted by DG competition and the three Chinese Anti-Monopoly Enforcement Agencies (AMEAs) was held in Beijing from 10 to 14 March 2014. At the event, Ren Airong, the director of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) reported that more than half of the local branches have been authorized to investigate monopoly cases and emphasized the importance of the transparency in law enforcement. To access the full article, please see the following link:
(25/11/2013 to 04/12/2013) INSURANCE
While China’s insurance sector is still growing, a pressing challenge faced by the industry is how to use insurance funds and how to supervise such investments by insurers. To support the capacity of the sector to respond to these challenges, EUCTP organised a Study Assignment on Supervising Investments by Insurers including use of Derivatives for CIRC. The purpose of the study assignment was to understand EU’s experience in the regulation and supervision of insurance fund investment, derivatives and asset liability management, and help improve the regulation and supervision of this area in China.This study assignment provided CIRC staff with relevant insights on how to develop new investment rules and on how to relax investment restrictions. Soon after the delegates’ return from Europe, the China Insurance Regulatory Commission announced that it had loosened curbs on insurers’ investments. To access the full article, please see the following link:
(20-21 FEBRUARY 2014) SECURITIES
In recent years, China’s futures market has grown rapidly. According to China Securities Regulatory Commission’s 2012 Annual Report, total securities trading volume reached 1.45 billion contracts in 2012 with a total turnover of RMB 171.13 trillion. However, this market is still lacking a proper legislative framework. A Futures Law would help regulate commodity and financial futures trading activities and protect investors. To support these efforts, EUCTPII organised on 20-21 February 2014 a Seminar on Futures Market Supervision in Beijing for officials from China Securities Regulatory Commission. The seminar aimed at helping Chinese legislators and regulators improve China futures industry’s legal and regulatory framework by learning from Europe’s best practices in the field of operation and supervision of futures markets, including crude oil markets. Shortly after the seminar, Zhang Xiaojun CSRC’s spokesman presented the commission’s latest decisions regarding the development of China’s futures market. To access the full article, please see the following link:
(14 JANUARY 2014) INSURANCE
While China’s insurance sector is still growing, a pressing challenge faced by the industry is how to use insurance funds and how to supervise such investments by insurers. To support the capacity of the sector to respond to these challenges, EUCTP organised a Study Assignment on Supervising Investments by Insurers including use of Derivatives for CIRC. The purpose of the study assignment was to understand EU’s experience in the regulation and supervision of insurance fund investment, derivatives and asset liability management, and help improve the regulation and supervision of this area in China. This study assignment provided CIRC staff with relevant insights on how to develop new investment rules and on how to relax investment restrictions. Soon after the delegates’ return from Europe, the China Insurance Regulatory Commission announced that it had loosened curbs on insurers’ investments.. Please see the following links:
(3-4 July, 2013) CREATIVE & CULTURAL INDUSTRIES
The Chinese digital publishing industry is booming, with the annual revenue of the industry having reached RMB 137.788 billion in 2011, up by 31% compared to 2010 figures. The former General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP) – now the State General Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television SGAPPRFT – expects the digital publishing industry to constitute 25% of China’s press and publishing industry by the end of the 12th Five Year Plan in 2015.To support development in this sector, a Seminar on Digital Publishng was organised in Beijing from 3-4 July, 2013. It provided attendees from SGAPPRFT and industry experts from both China and the EU with information on the respective statuses of the digital publishing industry in both China and various European countries, while also introducing policies from the governments for supporting digital publishing, new types of cultural industries (e.g. modern services industry), and international cultural cooperation in the digital age.Following this activity, a significant amount of press was generated, which can be found below:
(2 July, 2013) CREATIVE & CULTURAL INDUSTRIES
Creative and cultural industries (CCI) represent a huge growth potential for Chinese local and provincial governments, with China’s spending on entertainment and leisure activities rising 56% from 2010-2011. However, there remains a need to implement integrated strategies at the local, regional and national levels to support this growth. Informing China’s efforts in this sector, a Seminar on the Role of Culture and Creativity for Local and Regional Development was organised and supported by EUCTP II in Beijing on 2 July, 2013. The seminar aimed to share policies developed by the EU and individual Member States to promote local, regional and national cultural industries, as well as cultural diversity.
Following the delivery of this activity, the contents and results of the seminar were featured in an article by Xinhua News. The article, which summarises the seminar's main focal points, highlights that China is reaching a new level of breakthrough with its cultural industries, but that there still remain existing hurdles which the EU's deep experience could offer relevant reference and insight on. To access the original article on Xinhua, please see the following link: 中欧专家学者共商文化产业发展大计 (CN)
In-depth coverage of the seminar was also featured on the official website of the State Council Information Office (SCIO), citing an article from China Culture Daily. The article on SCIO's website can be found here: 中欧文化产业发展研讨会综述：文化创新为地区发展注入活力 (CN)
(11 March, 2013) PUBLIC HEALTH
BBC News recently featured an article discussing the risks people face due to the growing resistance to antibiotics. As stated in the article, Professor Dame Sally Davies stressed "it [is] a global issue for governments, the medical profession, the pharmaceutical industry and individuals." The issue of antibiotic resistance was also recently addressed by EUCTP II, with two activities delivered in the beginning of March 2013 with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) relating to antibiotic resistance and antimicrobial drugs resistance, respectively. These activities mark the beginning of work in an area that has become a growing concern globally. For more information on these activities, please see below:
For the original BBC article, please see here: Antibiotics resistance 'as big a risk as terrorism' - medical chief (EN)
(9-10 March, 2013) ANIMAL HEALTH
From 9-10 March, 2013, EUCTP II supported an Epidemiology Training Workshop for Chinese Executives, organised as part of the China Field Epidemiology Training Program for Veterinarians (FETPV). The workshop followed up on several activities delivered by EUCTP II in the area of laboratory quality assurance and disease surveillance including a roundtable implemented in April 2012 (activity A138-C3), a study assignment in July 2012 (activity A166-C3), a consultation in October 2012 (activity A149-C3) and a seminar in December 2012 (activity A220-C3). As the most recent activity in this series, the training workshop was one of the main stories discussed in the latest issue of China HPAI Highlights, a monthly publication prepared by the China Project Team of the FAO ECTAD Asia (Emergency Center for Transboundary Animal Diseases) Avian Influenza Project. To access the full newsletter, please click here: China HPAI Highlights - Volume 50 (EN). To access past issues of this newsletter, please click here: China HPAI Highlights (EN)
(5 March, 2013) ANIMAL HEALTH
At the March meeting of the United Nations Theme Group on Health (UNTGH), Sub-Working Group on Diseases at the Human-Animal Interface, Dr Javier Burchard, Key Expert for the Agriculture and SPS Component of the EU-China Trade Project II, and Mr Tang Hao, FETPV Coordinator, presented the results and outcomes of a successful joint activity delivered between EUCTP II and FAO (the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations). The activity - a seminar on the Management and Surveillance on Zoonosis to Improve the Capacity of Animal Health Reference Laboratories - was also featured in a previous issue of China HPAI Highlights. Its mention in the latest issue of this publication shows how the key takeaways from these activities can be applied to various related areas in animal health. To see the full newsletter, please click here: China HPAI Highlights - Volume 49 (EN). China HPAI highlights is a monthly publication prepared by the China Project Team of the FAO ECTAD Asia (Emergency Center for Transboundary Animal Diseases) Avian Influenza Project. To access past issues of this newsletter, please click here: China HPAI Highlights (EN)
(25 December, 2012) LEGISLATION AND STANDARDS
As stated by China Daily, "Legislation will soon help Web users protect online privacy and ensure that they agree to any personal information being passed on. The top legislature reviewed a draft on Monday [24 December, 2012] that includes measures to strengthen protection of personal information." On 20 December, 2012, a few days prior to the draft review, EUCTP II supported an Information Security Seminar which focused on many of these key topics - specifically the standards for information security, information security technology for cloud services, risks and technological research about industry control system (ICS) information security, and research on present conditions and policies for private information protection. To read the full article on China Daily, please see here: Draft law to protect personal privacy (EN)
(14-15 December, 2012) ANIMAL HEALTH
From 14-15 December, 2012 a preparatory seminar on Management and Surveillance on Zoonosis to Improve the Capacity of Animal Health Reference Laboratories was delivered in Beijing in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and supported by EUCTP II. The seminar, a follow-up from a series of activities including A138-C3, A166-C3, and A149-C3, further enhanced laboratory capacity to support the surveillance of zoonotic diseases and was featured in the Dec. 2012 issue of China HPAI Highlights, a monthly publication prepared by the China Project Team of the FAO ECTAD Asia (Emergency Center for Transboundary Animal Diseases) Avian Influenza Project. To see the full newsletter, please click here: China HPAI Highlights - December Issue (EN). To access past issues of China HPAI Highlights, please click here: China HPAI highlights (EN)
(21-22 November, 2012) FOOD SAFETY
From 21-22 November, 2012, EUCTP II supported the EU-China Forum on Technologies used in Food Safety and Product Authentication in order to clarify new food safety standards that were prepared by the competent Chinese authorities and notified to the WTO SPS committee. In addition to the forum, a field visit to three fermentation laboratories in Beijing was arranged for those involved in the wine and spirits industry. The exchanges aimed to enhance Chinese institutions' capacities regarding the application of modern technologies to support the implementation and enforcement of the Food Safety Law.
Following this activity, a significant amount of press was generated, which can be found below:
(15 November, 2012) COMPETITION POLICY
On 15 November, 2012 the Anti-Monopoly Bureau of MOFCOM announced that, in accordance with the “Open Government Information Regulations of the PRC" 中华人民共和国政府信息公开条例, the Bureau would now make public the summaries of cases that had been unconditionally approved. Prior to this, it only made public summaries of rejections and conditional approvals. This decision further underlines the growing capacity of Chinese authorities and is a significant step in the development of a transparent and predictable Chinese competition regime.
The subject of publishing all such cases, as is the practice of DG COMP, was also one of the discussion points in a September 2011 Workshop supported by EUCTP II in Xiamen on Simplified Procedure in Merger Review. The workshop, which was held with 20 senior Chinese officials and experts, allowed in-depth exchanges on simplified procedure legislation drafting and enforcement. In addition, With input from both relevant European and American experts, MOFCOM was able to compare international best practice to identify concrete examples and review techniques that could facilitate the drafting of secondary legislation and procedures on these issues.
To access the MOFCOM Notice, please click here: 反垄断局加强经营者集中案件信息公开 (CN)
To access the list of the 458 cases (out of 474) that have been unconditionally approved since the AML came into effect, please click here: 经营者集中反垄断审查无条件批准案件信息统计情况 (CN)
For more information and materials from EUCTP II on Competition Policy, please visit the EU-China Competition Policy mini-site at www.euchinacomp.org
(13 November, 2012) REGULATORY REFORM
On 13 November, 2012, the SCLAO Study Visit to the EU on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) of Administrative Disputes was featured in a short article from El Adelantado de Segovia. The EUCTP II-supported study visit, which ran from 7-21 November, 2012 and included 12 officials from the State Council Legislative Affairs Office (SCLAO), provided a platform for discussions between Chinese officials and their European counterparts on the ways that ADR is implemented to resolve disputes in the EU. The article focuses on the delegation's visit to the European Institute for Administrative Mediation (IEMEP), which is integrated within the Study Center of the Fundación Valsaín in Segovia, Spain. To access the full article, please see here: Una delegación china visita el Real Sitio para conocer cómo funciona la Administración (ES)
(29 October 2012) COMPETITION POLICY
On 29 October, an article was written on the website China Law Insight, which is published by the King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) legal network, regarding a recent case in Guangdong Province where over 20 companies were found to have engaged in cartel activities to artifically control the price of sea sand. As described by the article, the Price Bureau of Guangdong Province (GDPB) "then took the strategy of targeting on 6 core members and used leniency program to break down their alliance. These efforts eventually enabled GDPB to obtain essential evidence of the price-fixing activities of the Association, including the names of the participants and the text messages reflecting the communications among the participants." Ultimately, GDPB imposed a total of RMB759,247 of fines on three of the accused companies. EUCTP II has consistently supported a variety of activities to share European best practice on leniency procedures with Chinese AMEAs. The 1st Competition Week, an NDRC/SAIC study visit to the EU on cartel case investigations and the 3rd Competition Week, have all focused on exchanging knowledge between Chinese AMEAs and their European counterparts.
To access the original article from China Law Insight, please click here: Price Bureau Uncovered and Punished a Price-Fixing Cartel under the Leniency Program (EN)
To access the original news article from the GDPB's website, please click here: 广东铁腕治砂 砂价应声回落 (CN)
The investigation was also mentioned on the website of the Price Supervision and Anti-monopoly Bureau of NDRC. The full article can be read here: 广东查处海砂价格垄断案件 确保国家重点工程建设顺利进行 (CN)
For additional Project materials on Competition Policy, please feel free to visit the EU-China Competition Policy mini-site at www.euchinacomp.org
(10-11 October, 2012) ANIMAL HEALTH
From 10-11 October, 2012 a Graduation Ceremony was held for the 1st cohort of China FETPV (Field Epidmiology Training Program for Veterinarians) trainees to have successfully completed the 2-year training program. Javier Burchard, EUCTP II Key Expert for Agriculture and SPS measures, represented EUCTP II on the program's steering committee. The ceremony, which was held by the Veterinary Bureau (VB) of the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), the China Animal Health and Epidemiology Centre (CAHEC) and the FAO Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) China Office, also featured a presentation by the trainees on the results of their field outbreak investigations during the defense session. Details of the graduation were featured in the October 2012 edition of China HPAI Highlights, a monthly publication prepared by the China Project Team of the FAO ECTAD Asia (Emergency Center for Transboundary Animal Diseases) Avian Influenza Project. The full newsletter can be found here: China HPAI Highlights - October Issue (EN)
(October 2012) COMPETITION POLICY
The 5th EU-China Competition Week was featured on pg. 5 of the most recent issue of the China Competition Bulletin, which summarises recent developments in competition and regulatory policy in China. The 5th Competition Week was held in Xi'an from 9-12 October, 2012, with over 100 participants from China's central and provincial governments in attendance. The bulletin also featured information about the EU-China Competition mini-site (www.euchinacomp.org) where all the technical materials that were produced for the event are available for download.
To access the Sept/Oct 2012 issue of the China Competition Bulletin, please see here: China Competition Bulletin Edition 23: September/October 2012 (EN)
To access current and past China Competition Bulletins, please see here: http://www.anzsog.edu.au/research/publications/the-china-competition-bulletin (EN)
(24 October, 2012) SECURITIES
As stated by Xinhua news, China’s legislators are currently reviewing the Draft Revision to the Securities Investment Fund Law. The Draft Revision, which was reviewed earlier in the week, includes new content such as the supervision of related-party transactions and protection of investors, especially against insider trading or trading among related parties. These topics were also the focus of an EUCPT II-supported Workshop on the Revision to the Securities Investment Fund Law with Reference to European Experience, which was held on 6 March, 2012. The workshop was intended to provide useful information for considering improvements to China’s own legal framework for investment funds and involved participants representing institutions and agencies such as the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), the Financial and Economic Affairs Committee of the National People's Congress, the Legislative Affairs Commission of the National People's Congress, and the Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council. To read the original article from Xinhua, please click the following links:
(9-12 October, 2012) COMPETITION POLICY
From 9-12 October, 2012 the 5th EU-China Competition Week was held in Xian, Shaanxi Province. Officials from the Anti-Monopoly Enforcement Agencies (AMEAs), representing all provinces in China attended the series of training workshops and seminars that were held on the subjects of Remedies applied in merger cases; Simplified Procedures in merger review; Vertical Agreements; and Intellectual Property Rights in the field of Competition Policy. In addition, officials from the Directorate-General for Competition of the EC (DG COMP) and the National Competition Authorities of the EU Member States travelled to China to deliver technical assistance and engage with their counterparts in the AMEAs. Over 100 participants from central and provincial government and the leading academics on the subject in China attended across four days. Expert materials from this workshop (available in English and Chinese) can be found on the EU-China Competition Policy mini-site at www.euchinacomp.org. The event was also covered in a recent article by the China Economic Herald, which can be found here: 中欧竞争周研讨会在西安召开 (CN)
(9-10 October, 2012) COMPETITION POLICY
The 5th EU-China Competition Week was held in Xian from 9-12 October, 2012 and included officials from the Anti-Monopoly Enforcement Agencies (AMEAs) representing all provinces in China. The Ministry of Commerce's (MOFCOM) Anti-Monopoly Bureau, one of the AMEAs, included a brief summary of the activity on their official website here: 反垄断局在西安举办中欧反垄断立法研讨会 (CN)
(20 September, 2012) COMPETITION POLICY
As cited in a press release from the European Commission, "High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton in her capacity as Commission Vice-President, Zhang Ping, Chairman of the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission and Fu Shuangjan, Vice Minister of the State Administration of Industry and Commerce, have signed today in Brussels a Memorandum of Understanding to increase cooperation between the European Commission's competition department and China's antitrust authorities...The Memorandum of Understanding creates a dedicated framework to strengthen cooperation and coordination between the Commission and two of China's Anti Monopoly Enforcement Authorities, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the State Administration of Industry and Commerce (SAIC)."
The signing of this MoU further strengthens the foundation for activities supported by EUCTP II in the area of competition policy. One of EUCTP II's most recent activities in this area, a Study Visit for NDRC and SAIC to Europe, was held from 10-20 September, 2012. In addition one of the project's largest activities, the EU-China Competition Week, will be held in October 2012 for attendees representing the NDRC, Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) and SAIC. Additional information regarding the latest developments and information on EU-China Competition Policy can be found at the EU-China Competition Policy mini-site (www.euchinacomp.org), launched by EUCTP II in June 2012. To access the full press release from the European Commission, please click the following link: Competition: Commission signs EU cooperation agreement with China (EN). In addition, to find materials from past activities EUCTP II has supported in the area of competition policy, please see here: EUCTP II - Competition Policy
(August 2012) ANIMAL HEALTH
On 28 August, 2012 The EU-China Trade Project II was represented at the China FETPV (Field Epidmiology Training Program for Veterinarians) 6th Steering Committee Meeting held at MoA (Ministry of Agriculture). EUCTP II Key Expert for Agriculture and SPS measures, Javier Burchard, attended the meeting where participants discussed items relating to the training framework of the 2nd cohort of the China FETPV. This meeting was featured in the August 2012 edition of China HPAI Highlights, a monthly publication prepared by the China Project Team of the FAO ECTAD Asia (Emergency Center for Transboundary Animal Diseases) Avian Influenza Project. The full newsletter can be found here: China HPAI Highlights - August Issue (EN)
(28 August, 2012) TOURISM
An article published by China Daily reports that the draft law on tourism - which went under review by lawmakers on Monday, 27 August, 2012 - "has borrowed legislation from a number of foreign countries," reflecting the importance of information exchange in supporting China's efforts to draft a tourism law. In May, these exchanges were a focus of the EU-China Workshop on Tourism Legal Frameworks, which was held from 24-25 May, 2012, and which aimed to provide participants representing the NPC and the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) with a more in-depth understanding of relevant EU legislation regarding tourism. European attendees and experts also gained a greater familiarity with China’s progress on tourism legislation, with the workshop ultimately deepening exchanges between both sides in this industry. Read the full article on China Daily here: Draft law 'to ensure tourists get a better deal' (EN)
(27 August, 2012) TOURISM
As stated by Xinhua News, "Chinese lawmakers on Monday started the first round of deliberations on a draft law on tourism that aims to promote the development of the country's booming travel industry." These developments further support the goals of a previous EU-China Workshop on Tourism Legal Frameworks, which was held from 24-25 May, 2012, and which aimed to address the needs of China's growing tourism industry while supporting the National People's Congress (NPC) in its efforts to draft the tourism law. Over 40 participants representing the NPC and the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) took part in the workshop, with feedback on the activity receiving high marks for its usefulness in considering improvements to the legislative framework for the tourism sector in China. Read the full article on Xinhua here: China eyes tourism development through legislation (EN)
(1 August, 2012) ANIMAL HEALTH
On 1 August, 2012, the Fourth Forum on Prevention and Control of Zoonoses (infectious diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans and vice versa), was held in Chongqing at the Animal Disease Prevention and Control Centre. Javier Burchard, EUCTP II Key Expert on Agriculture and Food Safety issues, was invited to speak at the forum where experts from Canada, Australia, Thailand and international organisations discussed various aspects of monitoring and preventing zoonoses. Over 150 participants were in attendance. An article on the forum and its speakers was featured on the Chongqing Veterinary Website and can be accessed here: 重庆市第四届人畜共患病防控论坛在长寿隆重开幕 (CN)
(Summer 2012) AGRICULTURE & FOOD SAFETY
Javier Burchard, Key Expert for Agriculture and Food Safety (Component 3) of EUCTP II, was featured on pg. 58 of the Summer 2012 issue of Connexions, the French Chamber of Commerce in China's magazine. The theme of this issue was agriculture and agro-industry in China. http://publications.ccifc.org/connexions62web.pdf (FR)
(25 May, 2012) FOOD SAFETY
A Seminar on Programs to Certify and Control the Production of Organic Agricultural Products was held in Shanghai, China to create a platform for cooperation in regards to certification of organic products in the EU and China. In addition, it facilitated exchanges between the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the P.R. China (CNCA) and EU experts and institutions related to current regulations and best management practices to ensure the safety and quality of organic products and trade. CNCA published an article about the seminar, along with an accompanying photo on its official website. Please click the following link for the article and photo: 中国—欧盟有机产品认证研讨会在沪召开 (article), 中国—欧盟有机产品认证研讨会在沪召开 II (photo); (both in CN)
(23-24 May, 2012) INDUSTRY SECTORS
The EU-China Symposium on Pressure Equipment Regulation, an EUCTP II-supported activity co-organised by the China Promotion Association for Special Equipment and Energy-saving (CPASE) and the Wuxi Branch of the Jiangsu Province Special Equipment Safety Supervision Inspection Institute, was featured in 无锡现代快报, a Wuxi newspaper. The feature included a summary of the event, feedback from the attending manufacturers and enterprises, and opportunities for future cooperation. The activity aimed to provide Chinese pressure equipment exporters with a platform to better understand the PED, other relevant requirements, and how they are applied by different Member States. Please click the following link to access the article: 百名专家齐聚无锡为我国承压设备行业走出国门把脉 (CN)
(27-28 April, 2012) ANIMAL HEALTH
The Roundtable to Harmonise Animal Health Reference Laboratory Standards, which took place in Qingdao, China, created a platform for cooperation in regards to animal health reference laboratories and was held in the Chinese Animal Health and Epidemiology Center (CAHEC) in Qingdao. As a result of the roundtable, Chinese and European representatives reached a consensus regarding the initial roadmap and technology transfer needs of the Chinese Animal Health and Epidemiology Center, progressing first-step cooperation between the Chinese and EU reference laboratories. CAHEC featured an article on its official website, summarising the activity's content and results, which can be found here: 中国-欧盟世贸项目首席专家Javier Burchard一行到我中心访问交流 (CN)
(28-29 March, 2012) FOOD SAFETY
From 28-29 March, 2012 EUCTP II supported the delivery of a seminar on the Traceability of Agricultural Products. Over 100 attendees representing the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) and central offices of the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) involved with traceability development and implementation, Chinese and EU private sector stakeholders, and EU Member State Embassy representatives attended the seminar. Adding greater visibility to the results of the activity, MOA posted an article about the seminar on its website, highlighting the major discussions regarding respective Chinese and European developments in the field of food safety and future cooperation in this area. To read the full article, please see here: 中欧农产品可追溯体系研讨会在京召开 (CN)