COMPETITION

STATE AID

  • Judgment of the General Court of 20 September 2019 in Case T‑217/17, FVE Holýšov I s. r. o., Vs. European Commission
    Re: State aid - Market for electricity generated from renewable sources - Measures setting a minimum purchase price for electricity generated from renewable energy sources or granting a bonus to producers of that electricity - Amendment of the initial measures — Decision declaring the aid scheme compatible with the internal market at the end of the preliminary examination stage - Article 107, paragraph 3(c) TFEU - Beneficiaries of the aid and shareholders of the beneficiaries - Legitimate expectations - State resources - Commission’s competence to examine the compatibility of the measures with other provisions of EU law than State aid
  • 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.30/19 - Covers from 13 to 19 September 2019
  • EFTA - ESA approves state aid for the construction of a new subsea cable that will ensure reliable delivery of essential services

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Judgment of the General Court of 20 September 2019 in Case T‑650/17, Jinan Meide Casting Co. Ltd Vs. European Commission
    Re: Dumping - Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1146 - Imports of threaded tube or pipe cast fittings, of malleable cast iron, originating in China, manufactured by Jinan Meide Castings Co., Ltd - Definitive anti-dumping duty - Resumption of the procedure following the partial annulment of Implementing Regulation (EU) No 430/2013 - Article 2(7)(a), (10) and (11) of Regulation (EC) No 1225/2009 (now Article 2(7)(a), (10) and (11) of Regulation (EU) 2016/1036) - Normal value - Fair comparison - Non-matching product types - Article 3(1) to (3) and Article 9(4) and (5) of Regulation No 1225/2009 (now Article 3(1) to (3) and Article 9(4) and (5) of Regulation 2016/1036) - Determination of injury)
  • Council Decision (EU) 2019/1569 of 16 September 2019 on the position to be taken, on behalf of the European Union, within the Joint Committee on Agriculture set up by the Agreement between the European Community and the Swiss Confederation on trade in agricultural products, as regards the amendment of Annexes 1 and 2 to the Agreement
  • Speech by Cecilia Malmstrôm - An Open Trading System: A Common Responsibility
  • Answer given by MS Malmström to a MEP written question - Alarm at US plans to impose duties on EU olive oil and table olives
  • Japan trade accord becomes UK post-Brexit priority - Tokyo has resisted ‘copy-and-paste’ rollover, looking for better terms once Britain out of EU - Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET, INDUSTRY & GENERAL

  • Judgment of the General Court of 20 September 2019 in Case T‑610/17, ICL-IP Terneuzen, BV, ICL Europe Coöperatief UA, Vs European Commission, supported by European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
    Re: REACH - Substances subject to authorisation - Inclusion of 1-bromoproprane (nPB) in Annex XIV to Regulation No 1907/2006 - Volumes - Registration dossier - Data - Substance grouping - Principle of sound administration - Right to conduct business and pursue a trade freely - Obligation to state reasons - Legitimate expectations - Proportionality - Equal treatment
  • Judgment of the General Court of 20 September 2019 in Case T‑636/17, PlasticsEurope, Vs. European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), supported by French Republic, and by ClientEarth          Re: REACH - Establishment of a list of substances identified with a view to their eventual inclusion in Annex XIV of Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 - Supplement to the entry relating to the substance bisphenol A on that list - Articles 57 and 59 of Regulation No 1907/2006 - Manifest error of assessment - Legal certainty - Legitimate expectations — Proportionality
  • Judgment of the General Court of 20 September 2019 in Case T‑125/17, , BASF Grenzach GmbH Vs. European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
    Re: REACH - Evaluation of substances - Triclosan - ECHA decision requesting further information - Article 51(6) of Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 - Action brought before the Board of Appeal - Task of the Board of Appeal - Adversarial nature of the procedure - Scope of the review — Intensity of the review - Powers of the Board of Appeal - Article 93(3) of Regulation No 1907/2006 - First sentence of Article 47(1) of Regulation No 1907/2006 - Relevant information - Proportionality - Article 25 of Regulation No 1907/2006 - Annex XIII to Regulation No 1907/2006 - Data obtained under relevant circumstances - Persistence - Neurotoxicity - Reproductive toxicity - Article 12(1) of Regulation (EC) No 771/2008 - Delay in the submission of a scientific opinion
  • Judgment of the General Court of 20 September 2019 in Case T-755/17, Federal Republic of Germany Vs. European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) supported by European Commission and by Envigo Consulting Ltd, established in Huntingdon (United Kingdom), Djchem Chemicals Poland S.A.
    Re: REACH - Substance Assessment - Benpat - Persistence - ECHA Decision requesting additional information - Article 51 (6) of Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 - Action brought before the Board of Appeal - Mission of the Chamber of Commerce action - Opposition proceedings - Nature of review - Intensity of review - Powers of the Board of Appeal - Article 93 (3) of Regulation No 1907/2006 - Attribution of powers to Union agencies - Award principle - Principle of subsidiarity - Proportionality - Obligation to state reasons
  • EEA EFTA Comment on priorities for the Single Market beyond 2019
  • European Battery Alliance - building a strong strategic battery value chain in Europe - Information from the Commission
  • ECHA’s scientific committees support restricting PAHs in granules and mulches - ECHA/PR/19/13

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

  • European Parliament resolution of 19 September 2019 on the patentability of plants and essentially biological processes

ENERGY

  • Statement by Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič following the trilateral talks with Russia and Ukraine on the future of gas transit to Europe
  • Answer given by Mr Arias Canete to a MEP written question - Failure to meet renewable energy consumption targets

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Minutes of the 8th meeting of the Ship Recycling Regulation Committee of 11 July 2019
  • Circular Plastics Alliance: 100+ signatories commit to use 10 million tons of recycled plastic in new products by 2025 - IP/19/5583

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • State of implementation of anti-money laundering legislation - see the EP Resolution
  • Importance of European remembrance for the future of Europe - See the EP Resolution

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • The weight of evidence is on the side of the ECB’s doves - Neither experience nor theory supports the case of the hawks - Financial Times
  • Eurozone banks need to be part of the solution - If the ECB is serious about stimulus, it must consider lenders’ profits - Financial Times

FUTURE OF EUROPE BREXIT

  • Guidance: Changes to design and trade mark law if the UK leaves the EU without a deal
  • European Commission raises hopes of a Brexit deal - Juncker says he is willing to scrap Irish backstop if UK has viable alternative - Financial Times

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • EU@UNGA 74: Working towards a more peaceful, secure and prosperous world - IP/19/5577
  • Christopher Reynolds was appointed Head of the EU capacity building mission in Somalia, EUCAP Somalia.