COMPETITION 

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9641 — SNAM/FSI/OLT)
  • Commission approves joint acquisition of Etix by Colony Capital and PSP (M.9683) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of Aleris divestment business (M.9076) - Midday Express
  • Poland - UOKiK initiated proceedings two entrepreneurs from the Mazovian voivodship for bid-rigging: Bioforma from Grabianów and PHU Magnum from Siedlce
  • Poland - UOKiK gave a conditional consent to concentration between Vectra and Multimedia Polska
  • UK - CMA consults on proposed undertakings in lieu of a reference for the anticipated acquisition by Stonegate Pub Company of Ei Group plc.

STATE AID

  • Northgate, LSEGH, Arris Global UK state aid decision (SA.44896) appeals published
    – Northgate and Northgate Europe Vs. Commission (Case T-719/19)
    – Arris Global Vs. Commission (Case T-731/19)
    – LSEGH (Luxembourg) and London Stock Exchange Group Holdings (Italy) Vs. Commission (Case T-726/19)

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Reference for a preliminary ruling from the First-tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) (United Kingdom) made on 16 October 2019 – JCM Europe (UK) Ltd v Commissioners for Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (Case C-760/19)
    Re: classification of the bank note validator and cash boxes specified in the Regulation 2016/1760 under CN Code 84729070, rather than CN Code 903149 90
  • Notice of initiation of an expiry review of the anti-dumping measures applicable to imports of monosodium glutamate (CN code ex 2922 42 00 ) originating in the P.R. of China and in Indonesia
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/44 of 20 January 2020 making imports of certain woven and/or stitched glass fibre fabrics originating in the P.R. of China and Egypt subject to registration
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/45 of 20 January 2020 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1379 as regards the extension of the anti-dumping duty imposed on imports of bicycles originating in the People’s Republic of China to imports of certain bicycle parts originating in the People’s Republic of China by Council Regulation (EC) No 71/97
  • EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA): Trade and Sustainable Development (TSD): Joint Dialogue with Civil Society - 31 January 2020
  • Joint Report - Fourth meeting of the EU-Ukraine Association Committee in Trade Configuration of 18 & 19 November 2019
  • Sucesss Stories: EU-ESA Economic Partnership Agreement. Mauritius, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Seychelles (Growing exports to the EU of silver jewellery with African heritage)
  • Speech by Phil Hogan: The EU and China: Addressing the Systemic Challenge
  • The EU-Vietnam FTA - Chances for European and Vietnamese business, consumers and workers: Growing better together - DigitalEurope
  • Johnson sets sights on speedy US and EU trade deals - PM wants to hold parallel talks with Washington and Brussels - Financial Times
  • UK languishes behind EU in battle for African trade - Johnson launches post-Brexit initiative in face of already stronger bloc ties - Financial Times

INTERNAL & MARKET INDUSTRY

  • Inspectors to check products sold online that contain harmful substances - ECHA/NR/20/01
  • European Commission and European Investment Bank Group join forces to boost space sector investment with €200 million of financing

TAXATION

  • Agenda for: Code of Conduct Group (Business Taxation) - subgroup on external issues of 24 January 2020
  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - Kerosene teax: extermely negative impact islands
  • France signals breakthrough in US digital tax talks - Financial Times - Wall Street Journal
  • Mnuchin warns U.K., Italy over digital-tax plans - Treasury secretary says the European countries will face tariffs if they implement their planned taxes - Wall Street Journal

ENVIRONMENT&  CLIMATE CHANGE

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCTS SAFETY

  • Stop illegal trade in cats and dogs, says EP Public Health Committee
  • Answer given by Ms kyriades to a MEP written question - Council Recommendation 1999/519/EC in relation to 5G and public health
  • Answer given by Ms kyriades to a MEP written question - Regulation (EU) 2017/745 on medical devices and the shortage of notified bodies in 2020
  • EMA - Reflection paper on Good Manufacturing Practice and Marketing Authorisation Holders

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • The Italian Supervisory Authority fines Eni Gas e Luce Eur 11.5 million. On account of unsolicited telemarketing and contracts
  • HMA-EMA - Ten recommendations to unlock the potential of big data for public health in the EU - See the Phase II report: ‘Evolving Data-Driven Regulation’
  • Google pushes ‘sensible’ ideas for how to regulate AI - Tech firms, lobbyists are pushing their vision for tech regulation as EU readies several proposals; ‘balancing potential harms with opportunities’ - Wall Street Journal

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Answer given by Mr Reynders to a MEP written question - Commercial use of the European Criminal Records Information System
  • Answer given by Ms Johansson by to a MEP written question - No-deal Brexit preparedness concerning family reunification under the Dublin III Regulation

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Remarks by Mário Centeno following the Eurogroup meeting on the economic outlook, euro area recommendation, Portugal's draft budget and the deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union
  • Remarks by Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni at the Eurogroup press conference
  • The Eurogroup issued a statement on Portugal’s submission of an updated draft budgetary plan for 2020
  • Opening speech by President von der Leyen at the World Economic Forum
  • ECB - January 2020 euro area bank lending survey 

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council of 20 January 2020
  • Main Results of the EU-Kazakhstan Cooperation Council of 20 January 2020
  • Climate diplomacy: Council renews the EU’s commitment to place climate action at the centre of external policy - The Council adopted conclusions on climate diplomacy urging renewed commitment towards a strategic approach
  • Read-out of the bilateral meeting between President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and President of the Swiss Confederation Simonetta Sommaruga