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The European Commission puts supply chains under the spotlight

Supply chain risks are drawing attention across the globe. Recent geo-political and economic shocks such as Covid-19, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the U.S.-China trade war and connected inflation are driving this focus.

The European Commission (the Commission) has published two significant proposals in this area:

  • a proposal for a regulation prohibiting products made with forced labour
  • a proposal for a regulation establishing a Single Market emergency instrument (the SMEI).

These developments could impact businesses operating both within and outside of the EU. We discuss each proposal in turn below.