FUTURE OF EUROPE & BREXIT

  • Brexit: European Commission recommends the European Council (Article 50) to endorse the agreement reached on the revised Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland and revised Political Declaration - IP/19/6120 & Q&A/19/6122 
  • UK Government cannot afford to support business in a no-deal Brexit - see the Statement and the Report
  • Commission implementing decision 2019/1733 of 15 October 2019 on the assessment made pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2018/1139 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards a temporary exemption from certain provisions of Commission Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011 granted by the United Kingdom

COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9543 - Diamond Transmission Corporation/InfraRed Capital Partners/Chubu/Walney JV)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9562 - Alight Solutions/NGA Human Resources)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9474 - Faurecia/Michelin/Symbio/JV)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.8721 - Owens Corning/Paroc) 
  • Austria - The Federal Competition Authority (BWB) has been analysing the Austrian healthcare market since the beginning of 2017 - see the Statement, the Report & its Summary
  • Belgium - Notification of a concentration - MEDE-C/C-19/0032: Plukon Food Group B.V. / Pluimveeslachterij Lammens NV
  • Belgium - Decision - 19-PK-35-AUD: Multipharma / V-Pharma / B. / Newpharma
  • CMA revokes directions given to Danske Bank in relation to compliance with Retail Banking Market Investigation Order 2017
  • CMA decides to review designation of Ocado Group plc under the Groceries (Supply Chain Practices) Market Investigation Order following designation of Ocado Retail Ltd

STATE AID

  • Commission Decision (EU) 2019/1732 of 6 June 2019 on SA.33159 (2015/C) — Taxation of saturated fat in certain food products sold in Denmark

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Joint Committee established by the Regional Convention on pan-Euro-Mediterranean preferential rules of origin as regards the amendment of the Convention - See the Annex
  • Draft Report & Draft Recommendation containing a motion for a non-legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion of the Agreement between the United States of America and the EU on the Allocation to the United States of a Share in the Tariff Rate Quota for High-Quality Beef referred to in the Revised Memorandum of Understanding Regarding the Importation of Beef from Animals Not Treated with Certain Growth-Promoting Hormones and Increased Duties Applied by the United States to Certain Products of the EU (2014)
  • Explanatory Notes to the Combined Nomenclature of the European Union (CN: ‘1008 60 00’ Triticale; ‘10089000 Other cereals)
  • Decision 2019/1734 of the eu-korea committee on trade and sustainable development of 30 September 2019 on a revised list of experts willing and able to serve as panellists in accordance with Article 13.15 of the Agreement [2019/…]
  • Scotch whisky takes to the skies to beat Trump’s tariffs - Single malts are one of the big losers in Washington’s trade spat with the EU - Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET,  INDUSTRY & GENERAL

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESAs consult on changes to the key information document for PRIIPs
  • EBA launches consultation on guidelines on the application of the structural FX provision
  • EBA consults on supervisory reporting changes related to CRR2 and Backstop Regulation (Framework 3.0)
  • EBA launches consultation on comprehensive Pillar 3 disclosures
  • EBA publishes Opinion on the deadline and process for completing the migration to strong customer authentication (SCA) for e-commerce card-based payment transactions
  • ESMA sees significant room for improvement in national regulators’ supervision of derivatives data
  • ESMA - Steven Maijoor speech on the quality of coporate governance

TAXATION

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Tax Questions (Indirect Taxation - Excise duties/Energy taxation) of 29 October 2019
  • Judgment of the Court of 17 October 2019 in Case C-459/18, Argenta Spaarbank NV Vs. Belgische Staat
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Tax legislation - Corporation tax - Deduction for risk capital - Reduction of the amount deductible by companies with a permanent establishment in another Member State which generates exempt income under a preventive agreement of the double taxation - Article 49 TFEU - Freedom of establishment - Unfavorable treatment - Absence
  • 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 two jurisdictions, and the endorsement of a guidance note

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • The passerelle clause in the field of social policy in the European Union legislative process - Steering note for the lunch debate
  • Main messages from the Tripartite Social Summit, Wednesday 16 October 2019 in Brussels

ENERGY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Energy of 22 September 2019
  • Judgment of the Court of 17 October 2019 in Case C‑31/18, ‘Elektrorazpredelenie Yug’ EAD Vs. Komisia za energiyno i vodno regulirane (KEVR) other parties: ‘BMF Port Burgas’ EAD
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Directive 2009/72/EC - Internal market in electricity - Article 2(3) to (6) - Concepts of electricity transmission system and electricity distribution system - Distinguishing criteria - Voltage - Ownership of installations - Article 17(1)(a) - Independent transmission operator - Articles 24 and 26 - Distribution system operator -Article 32(1) - Free third-party access - Access to medium-voltage electricity - Interconnection points between transmission and distribution systems - Discretion of the Member States
  • Commission Opinion of 14 October 2019 relating to the plan for the disposal of radioactive waste arising from the dismantling of the
    - Barsebäck nuclear power plant and from the operation of the Barsebäck interim radioactive waste storage facility No 2, Sweden
    - Philippsburg KKP-2 nuclear power plant located in the land of BadenWürttemberg, Germany
    - Ågesta pressurised heavy water reactor located near Stockholm, Sweden
  • CEER Conclusions Paper on Dynamic Regulation to Enable Digitalisation of the Energy System

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (UNECE and other regional issues) of 23 September 2019
  • Cutting air pollution in Europe would prevent early deaths, improve productivity and curb climate change - See EEA Statement & Report

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET  & INFORMATION SOCIETY

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Working group on euro risk-free rates issues recommendations to address impact of euro risk-free rates transition on risk management - ECB Press Release 

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1731 of 16 October 2019 amending for the 306th time Council Regulation (EC) No 881/2002 imposing certain specific restrictive measures against certain persons and entities associated with the ISIL (Da'esh) and Al-Qaida organisations