COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9391 - PGGM/Macquarie/MAGL)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9425 - Genstar Capital Partners/TA Associates/Insightsoftware Business)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9390 - Brookfield Asset Management /Oaktree Capital Group)
  • Commission clears the creation of a joint venture controlled by Sogeclair and AddUp (M.9314) -  Midday Express
  • The General Court upholds the Commission’s Decision finding that there was a cartel on the optical disk drives market (See CPR Nº 96/2019 - Judgments of the General Court in Cases T-762/15,T-763/15,T-772/15,T-1/16,T-8/16 Sony and Sony Electronics vs. Commission)
  • Belgium - Competition Authority decides to put an end to the ex officio instruction about possible abuse of dominance of Proximus NV in its relations with the Alpha 11 group 
  • Belgium - Notification - CONC-C/C-19/0019 : DWS Alternatives Gloabl Limited / Hansea NV
  • Croatia - CCA accepts the third report of the monitoring trustee in HT/Optima
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt prohibits Remondis/DSD merger
  • CMA - LN-Gaiety’s takeover of MCD raises competition concerns
  • CMA consults on undertakings in lieu offered in relation to Rentokil Initial / MPCL merger

STATE AID

  • Judgment of the General Court of 12 July 2019 in Case in Case T-330/17, Ceobus Vs. European Commission
    Re: State aid - Aid scheme implemented by France between 1994 and 2008 - Investment grants awarded by the Île-de-France Region - Decision declaring the aid scheme compatible with the internal market - Notions of "existing aid" and "new aid" - Article 107 TFEU - Article 108 TFEU - Article 1 (b) (i) and (v) of Regulation (EU) 2015/1589 - Limitation period - Article 17 of the 2015/1589 regulation (See also Cases T-289/17, T-291/17, T-292/17, T-309/17, T-738/17
  •  Judgment of the General Court of 11 July 2019 in Case T-894/16, Société Air France, against European Commission, supported by Marseille Provence SA airport, and by Ryanair DAC, and Airport Marketing Services Ltd
    Re: Action for annulment - State aid - Measures implemented by France for the Marseille Provence airport and the airport user airlines - Decision declaring the aid compatible with the internal market - Grants for lending - Differentiation of airport charges applicable to domestic and international flights - Reduced airport charges to encourage flights from the new Marseilles Provence terminal 2 - No individual duty - Failure to substantially affect the competitive position - Inadmissibility "
  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU - Cases where the Commission raises no objections
  • State Aid Weekly e-News - No.25/19 - Covers from 5 to 11 July 2019

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1189 of 8 July 2019 amending Council Regulation (EC) No 2368/2002 implementing te Kimberley Process certification scheme for the international trade in rough diamonds
  • EU-U.S. trade talks: milestone reached in mutual recognition on pharmaceuticals (IP/19/4090)
  • Bernd Lange (S&D, DE) will continue as the Chair of Parliament’s International Trade Committee for the coming two and a half years
  • WTO issues panel reports regarding US measures on Canadian, Mexican steel and aluminium (DS550) and (DS551)
  • WTO issues panel reports regarding Canadian, Mexican duties on US products”(DS557) and (DS560)

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Regulation (EU) 2019/1156 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2019 on facilitating cross-border distribution of collective investment undertakings and amending Regulations (EU) No 345/2013, (EU) No 346/2013 and (EU) No 1286/2014
  • Directive (EU) 2019/1160 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2019 amending Directives 2009/65/EC and 2011/61/EU with regard to cross-border distribution of collective investment undertakings
  • EBA reports on the monitoring of the LCR implementation in the EU
  • ESMA updates its Q&As on MiFID II and MiFIR market structure and transparency topics
  • ESMA warns CFDs providers on application of product intervention measures
  • ESMA updates the CSDR Q&As
  • ESMA appoints a new member to its SMSG
  • ESMA updates its Q&As regarding the Benchmark Regulation
  • ESMA updates Q&AS on MiFID II and MiFIR investor protection and intermediaries
  • EU considers revenue-sharing plan for market data - Policymakers explore ways to break objections to gathering trade information into one place - Financial Tmes

TAXATION

  • Opinion of Advocate General Pituzzella of 11 July 2019 in Case C‑400/18, Infohos Vs. Belgische Staat
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - VAT - Exemptions - Independent groups of persons - Supplies of services to members and non-members
  • Opinion of Advocate General Kokott of 11 July 2019 in Joined Cases C‑469/18 and C‑470/18 IN (C‑469/18), JM (C‑470/18) Vs. Belgische Staat
    Re: Request for a preliminary ruling - Taxation - Right to an effective remedy - Judicial review of a tax assessment notice - Competence of the Court of Justice in the context of income tax assessment - Use of evidence allegedly obtained by the tax administration in violation of the right to respect for private and family life - Obligation of the judge to disregard that evidence
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Tax Questions (Indirect Taxation ) of 24 July & 25 July 2019
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Tax Questions (Direct Taxation - Digital) of 18 July 2019
  • USTR announces initiation of Section 301 Investigation into France’s Digital Services Tax
  • What is behind the US-France tech company tax fight? - Digital executives fear ratcheting up of transatlantic trade tensions - Financial Times
  • UK braves US ire with tax on tech companies - Move comes hours after Washington threatened sanctions against France for similar levy - Financial Times

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • ECHA - Endocrine disrupting properties to be added for four phthalates in the Authorisation List
  • Approving medicines: BEUC’s view on how the EU could do better

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

DATA PRIVACY

  • Minutes of the Twelfth EDPB Plenary session - : Guidelines on Video Surveillance, Implications of the US CLOUD Act, Opinion on SCCs for processors under Art.28.8 by DK, Opinion on Accreditation Criteria for monitoring bodies of Codes of Conduct by AT, Opinion on the competence
  • The Belgian Data Protection Authority decided to reprimand the FPS Public Health for not responding to the exercise of a citizen's right of access.
  • Blockbuster GDPR fines boost cyber protection firms - Spike in interest for security, cyber insurance and legal advice - Financial Times

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Edouard Fernandez-Bollo, Kerstin af Jochnick and Elizabeth McCaul will be the new ECB representatives on the Supervisory Board
  • Account of the monetary policy meeting of the Governing Council of the ECB - 5-6 June 2019
  • Speech by Benoît Cœuré: Inflation expectations and the conduct of monetary policy
  • May 2019 compared with April 2019 - Industrial production up by 0.9% in euro area - Up by 0.8% in EU28 (Stat/19/4089)

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Note from the Presidency to the Council - Implementation of the Strategic Agenda

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • The General Court annuls the freezing of funds of seven members of the former Ukrainian ruling class, including Viktor Yanukovych, former President of Ukraine
    (See CPR Nº 93/2019 - Judgment of the General Court in joined cases T-244/16,T-285/17.T-245/16,T-286/17.T-274/18,T-284/18,T-285/18,T-289/18,T-305/18 Yanukovych Vs. Council)
  • High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on visit to Iraq and Kuwait -  Midday Express