COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9270 — VINCI Airports/Gatwick Airport)
  • Antitrust: Commission fines Barclays, RBS, Citigroup, JPMorgan and MUFG €1.07 billion for participating in foreign exchange spot trading cartel (IP/19/2568)
  • Commission clears acquisition of NKD Group by TDR Capital (M.9329) - Midday Express 16 May 2019
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control over Scout24 by Hellman & Friedman and Blackstone (M.9333) - Midday Express 16 May 2019
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Merger between Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank and conflicts with EU State aid legislation

STATE AID

  • The General Court annuls the Commission’s decisions concerning the Polish tax on the retail sector - The Commission incorrectly classified the measure at issue as State aid (See CPR No.64/19 - Judgment in Joined Cases T-836/16 and T-624/17)

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Notice of initiation of an anti-subsidy proceeding concerning imports of certain woven and/or stitched glass fibre fabrics originating in the People's Republic of China and Egypt (CN codes ex 7019 39 00, ex 7019 40 00, ex 7019 59 00 and ex 7019 90 00 )
  • Proposal for a Council Regulation amending Regulation (EU) No 1387/2013 suspending the autonomous Common Customs Tariff duties on certain agricultural and industrial products (See the Annex)
  • Trade – preferential tariff scheme between the EU and developing countries (update) (Public consultation - Feedback period 13.05.2019 - 10.06.2019)
  • Trade with 6 Central American countries – evaluation (Public consultation - Feedback period 13.05.2019 - 10.06.2019)
  • Answer given by Ms Malmström to a MEP written question - EU-Mercosur negotiations
  • March 2019 - Euro area international trade in goods surplus €22.5 bn - €2.9 bn surplus for EU28 (Stat/19/2554)
  • WTO - Panama launches safeguard investigation on certain swine meat
  • Trump to delay car tariffs decision by up to 6 months - President’s move steers US away from immediate trade clash with EU and Japan - Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET, INDUSTRY & GENERAL AFFAIRS

TAXATION

  • The EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes - Report by the Code of Conduct Group (Business Taxation) suggesting amendments to the Annexes of the Council conclusions of 12 March 2019, including the de-listing of jurisdictions

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Commodities of 24 May 2019
  • Draft - Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) …/... of XXX laying down rules for the application of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the management system of tariff quotas with licences
  • Answer given by Mr. Hogan to a MEP written question - Crisis in the poultry sector in Italy
  • Answer given by Mr. Hogan to a MEP written question - EU zero-duty imports of poultry meat from Ukraine
  • Answer given by Mr. Hogan to a MEP written question - Protection of Italian olive oil production

ENERGY

  • Commission Recommendation (EU) 2019/786 of 8 May 2019 on building renovation
  • Draft Council conclusions on the Future of Energy Systems in the Energy Union designed to ensure the clean energy transition and the achievement of energy and climate objectives towards 2030 and beyond - Discussion
  • Speech by Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič in the context of the opening of LNG export terminal in Hackberry, Louisiana, United States
  • Sweden: European backing for Northvolt’s battery gigafactory - See EIB Statement

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Communication from the Commission — Publication of the total number of allowances in circulation in 2018 for the purposes of the Market Stability Reserve under the EU Emissions Trading System established by Directive 2003/87/EC
  • ETS Market Stability Reserve to reduce auction volume by almost 400 million allowances between September 2019 and August 2020
  • European Commission launches Blue Economy Report at European Maritime Day in Lisbon - See Speech by Mr Vella
  • Contamination of European seas continues despite some positive progress - (See the EEA report)

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

TRANPORT & MOBILITY

  • Proposal for a Decision - Road transport – Germany and Switzerland agreement amendment on authorising one country’s carriers transporting passengers in other country (cabotage) (Public consultation - Feedback period 13.05.2019 - 08.07.2019)
  • Proposal for a Decision - Road transport – Italy and Switzerland agreement on authorising one country’s carriers transporting passengers in other country (cabotage) (Public consultation - Feedback period 13.05.2019 - 08.07.2019)
  • Single European Railway Area: better rules on interoperability, noise and access for persons with reduced mobility - Midday Express 16 May 2019

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Agenda for: Working Paryty on Telecommunications and Information Society of 21 May 2019
  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/784 of 14 May 2019 on harmonisation of the 24,25-27,5 GHz frequency band for terrestrial systems capable of providing wireless broadband electronic communications services in the Union
  • Commission Implementing Decisio (EU) 2019/785 of 14 May 2019 on the harmonisation of radio spectrum for equipment using ultra-wideband technology in the Union and repealing Decision 2007/131/EC
  • Commissioner Gabriel is in Berlin to discuss about digital transformation, security and trust - Midday Express 16 May 2019
  • Answer given by Ms Gabriel to a MEP written question - Streaming Sky News Live

DATA PRIVACY

  • Election of a new Deputy Chair, response to MEP In ‘t Veld, third annual Privacy Shield Review - EDPB - Tenth Plenary session

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

ECB & ECONOMY

FUTURE OF EUROPE & BREXIT

  • Forget ‘Brussels bureaucrats: national leaders run Europe - We’ve muddled our way into a ‘Europe of nations’ — but it works - Financial Times
  • Why May faces defeat on her flagship Brexit bill - Legislation risks fuelling Eurosceptic opposition to PM’s withdrawal agreement- Financial Times
  • EU’s centre-right should reject the Orban model - Trump has embraced Hungary’s premier but Brussels should not - Financial Times
  • Vestager’s bid for Brussels top job fails to take off - The Dane was overshadowed by her rivals for the final Spitzenkandidaten debate - Financial Times

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • Agenda for: ACP Working Party of 17 May 2019
  • Agenda of the 44th session of the ACP-EU Council of Ministers of 23 & 24 May 2019
  • Agenda for: Council of the EU ( Foreign Affairs/Development) of 16 May 2019 (See List of A Items)
    • Policy coherence for development: Council adopts conclusions
    • EU development aid targets: Council adopts 2019 annual report to the European Council
  • Agenda for: EU-Tunisia Association Council of 17 May 2019
  • Answer given by Ms Mogherini to a MEP written question - Tobacco prices in the Association Agreement between the European Union and Andorra
  • Declaration by the High Representative, Federica Mogherini, on behalf of the EU on the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, 17 May 2019