März 28. 2024

Europe Daily News, 28 March 2024



  • Austria - Welding technology cartel: Cartel court imposes a fine of €505,000 on Zultner at BWB's request
  • Austria - Energy task force: BWB and E-Control focus on the gas market and extend the investigation period
  • Bulgaria - The CPC sanctions “Water supply and sewerage – Varna” Ltd for abuse of a monopoly position
  • Bulgaria - The CPC initiates proceedings against “Tir Parking Ruse” OOD for potential anticompetitive practices at the Bulgaria-Romania border in violation of art. 21 LPC and art. 102 TFEU
  • Greece - The Hellenic Competition Commission (“HCC”) carried out unannounced inspections at the premises of a large number of IT and related service providers
  • ICN Technologist Forum - First international meeting of competition authorities to strengthen their digital capabilities - see the Joint Statement
  • Spain - The CNMC terminates the infringement proceedings against Naviera Armas after payment of the fine and the company's admission of liability
  • Spain - The CNMC authorises with commitments the purchase of World Padel Tour by Qatar Sports Investments
  • UK - The CMA’s latest monitoring report on road fuel shows that prices at the pump have risen since late January, accompanied by above average margins and spreads.


  • Commission approves €900 million French State aid scheme to support the production of energy and fuel from biomass and renewable hydrogen to foster the transition to a net-zero economy (SA.109766) - IP/24/1549


  • Commission Implementing Regulation amending Implementing Regulations (EU) 2020/761 and (EU) 2020/1988 as regards the creation, modification and management of certain tariff quotas following the free trade agreement between the European Union and New Zealand
  • EU-China relations: De-risking or de-coupling − the future of the EU strategy towards China - Study for the EP AFET Committee
  • Anti-subsidy tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles would benefit European industry, according to T&E
  • Transitional CBAM Registry user manual for Declarants
  • CBAM Quarterly Report structure XSD and “stypes.xsd”
  • CBAM Quarterly Report sample file for representatives and for importers
  • UK car exports to Canada face 6% tariffs within days as trade dispute deepens - Allies in stand-off on how much EU content can be in vehicles as post-Brexit deal runs out - Financial Times


  • Proposal for a Council Regulation amending Regulation (EU) 2021/1173 as regards an EuroHPC initiative for start-ups to boost European leadership in trustworthy Artificial
    Intelligence [COM(2024) 29 final/2 - 2024/0016 (NLE)] - Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • France: Medical robotics company Quantum Surgical gets EIB loan to advance tumour treatment


  • CSR - REACH Authorisation decisions - Chromium trioxide submitteed by BWI PolandWeber-Hydraulik and by Egal - Created by GROW.F.1 - Last update: 27 March 2024
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - European Chemicals Agency decision to limit medium-chain chlorinated paraffins and other substances containing chloro-alkanes with carbon chain length
  • ECHA Weekly Newsletter published - 27 March 2024


  • Agenda for: Working Party on Intellectual Property - 10 & 11 April 2024
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Intellectual Property (Patents) - 12 April 2024
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Intellectual Property (Copyright) - 10 April 2024


  • German rating agency fined €2.2mn for Greensill-related breaches - Esma levies rare penalty against Scope over failures to manage conflicts of interest - Financial Times


  • The long-term vision for the EU’s rural areas: key achievements and ways forward - COM(2024) 450 final, Working Document
    - Taking stock of the implementation of the EU rural action plan (2021-2023)
    - Reviewed EU rural action plan
  • Tenth Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (Rome, 20-24 November 2023) - Declaration of Competence and Voting Rights and final statements
  • Submissions by the Participants to the CEG - EU Fertilisers Market Observatory - 19 March 2024
    - EU fertilisers market analysis
    - The European fertilizer industry: a nutrient-wise review
    - Quantifying the impact of an abrupt reduction in mineral nitrogen fertiliser use on EU crop yields


  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Whaling) - 08 April 2024
  • The European Parliament and the origins of environmental policy - see the EP Study
  • EU hits roadblocks in reaching green milestone as elections loom - Progress in the fastest-warming continent is thwarted by a constituency fatigued by inflation and trade tensions - Financial Times


  • Minutes of the 85th meeting of the Radio Spectrum Committee - 20 March 2024
  • AI investment: EU and global indicators - see the EP Briefing


  • Agenda for: 23rd TCT Regional Steering Committee meeting (in person only) for the members of the Working Party on Transport - Intermodal Questions and Networks - 03 April 2024



  • ECB - Monetary developments in the euro area: February 2024
  • Recent threats in the Red Sea - Economic impact on the region and on the EU - see the EP Briefing
  • Consumer participation in the credit market during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond - ECB Working Paper Series No.2922
  • Poland’s economy gets €600 million boost with deal between EIB and the Finance Ministry


  •  HRC55 - Item 9 General Debate on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance, follow-up and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action - EU Statement


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