1. July 2013 Round

Pending discussions in the relevant Council Working Group, the formal proposals for the updated Duty Suspensions and Tariff Quota Regulations for the July 2013 Round were not yet available when this report was written.

  1. January 2014 Round

The applications for the January 2014 Round had to be communicated by the Member States to the European Commission by 15 March 2013, and these applications are now listed in the Commission’s dedicated database. The first Economic Tariff Questions Group (ETQG) meeting discussing the January 2014 Round (which includes possible renewal of a wide range of existing suspensions) is to be held in mid-May.  

  1. Proposal on autonomous duty suspensions for flat screens imminent

The long-awaited Commission proposal to create an autonomous duty suspension for certain flat screen products is expected to be submitted to the Council for adoption in the first half of April. Following pending adoption, it is expected to enter into force on 1 June 2013.