EU towards the stop of “forced labor” products, the latest warning from Brussels to Beijing

Prohibition of circulation and sale of all products made with forced laborboth made within theEuropean Union than imported from abroad. This is the proposal launched today by European Commissionwhich according to the Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton demonstrates a willingness to be “more assertive in defending our values” and “confront the modern slavery“. The new regulation is expected to come into effect in about two yearsafter comparisons with the European Parliament and the Council. Then, within 18 months of entry into force, the Commission will provide all the guidelines necessary and will create an “EU Network on Forced Labor Products”, which will serve as a coordination platform between the competent authorities and the Commission itself.

But who will have to enforce the new regulation? According to what has emerged so far, at customs authorities. The entry into force of the provision, in fact, will endow all member countries with the power of withdraw from the market products made with forced labor, based on what will emerge from the investigations. More specifically, the ban on the circulation of products should only take place after one preliminary assessment of the risk of forced labor based on various sources. Not only the work of the police, therefore, but also the press and «the contributions of civil society». The authorities will then initiate the related ones investigation of suspicious productsasking companies for information, carrying out inspections (also in non-EU countries) and thus ordering the withdrawal or the prohibition of entry of products made with forced labor.

50 million people victims of modern slavery

But what exactly is meant by “forced labor”? The European Commission specifies that it will refer to internationally agreed definitions. In other words, atUnwhich through the International Labor Organization (Ilo) defines forced labor as «any work or service imposed under threat of sanctions and for which the person did not offer himself spontaneously ». The decision of the European Commission comes a few days after the last report ilo, which highlights an increase in the victims of modern slavery worldwide. According to the agency ofUnwould be 28 million people subjected to forced labor, to which others are added 22 million forced into forced marriages, for a total of 50 million of victims of modern slavery, 10 million more compared to 2016.

An anti-China move?

According to New York Timesthe decision of the European Union to ban all products from forced labor should be interpreted as a warning in Beijing. In particular, the American newspaper points out, the Commission’s proposal follows another clear-cut position taken by the European Union, which in recent months had import prohibited of all products from Xinjiangthe region where – according to a report UN – the Chinese government allegedly committed crimes against the human rights of the Uyghur ethnic minority. According to New York Timestherefore, the Commission’s proposal would once again demonstrate how the European Union views the China «A partner but at the same time also a systemic rival».

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