On 16 March, the EU announced that the Commission had introduced a requirement for exports of personal protective equipment (PPE) outside Europe to take place only if authorised (licensed) by Member States. The development, for an initial 6 weeks, aims to protect the availability of supplies of such equipment within the EU Single Market. Some individual Member States had already introduced such restrictions. EU Regulation 2020/402/EU has been enacted to implement the controls.
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