COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9360 — Daimler/Geely/JV)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9678 – Keppel Infrastructure/MET Capital/MET)
  • Commission publishes full text of decision to fine General Electric for providing incorrect information
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Closure of General Cable plants in Manlleu and Montcada i Reixac and anti-cartel rules
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt brings an end to minimum sales requirement in the press wholesale sector
  • Germany - Case Report: Approval of the formation of a joint venture between Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline/Approval of Angelini's acquisition of the ThermaCare Business of the Pfizer-GlaxoSmithKline joint venture
  • UK - CMA served an initial enforcement order in the Breedon Group plc, Breedon Southern Limited and Cemex Investments Limited in relation to the proposed acquisition of a portfolio of assets by Breedon Group Plc from Cemex Investments Limited.
  • UK - CMA decides to de-designate Ocado Group plc under Groceries (Supply Chain Practices) Market Investigation Order
  • Antitrust issues - Tech groups dominate but focus shifts from giants to unicorns - Financial Times

STATE AID

  • Judgment of the Court of 21 January 2020 on Case C‑274/14, Banco de Santander SA
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Article 267 TFEU - Definition of ‘court or tribunal of a Member State’ - Criteria - Independence of the national body concerned - Irremovability of the members - Inadmissibility of the request for a preliminary ruling
  • Commission finds German rule on carry forward of losses for fiscal purposes by ailing companies does not constitute State aid - SA.29150 - Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: 18th meeting of the Customs Expert Group - Data Integration and Harmonization section joint with 96th Customs Code Committee General Legislation and 57th ECCG of 06 February 2020
  • EU-Vietnam free trade deal gets green light in trade committee
  • EU tells China more access needed to seal investment accord - Bloomberg/Bilaterals.org
  • Mercosur deal at odds with EU carbon neutrality aim, study claims -The Irish Times - See the Study by EP Greens/EFA Group & its Summary
  • Trade tensions with Europe flare as Trump flexes economic muscle - President says he will impose new tariffs on European car imports if EU doesn’t agree to a new trade pact - Wall Street Journal
  • Johnson’s trade plan looks to put EU on the back foot - UK government believes twin-track approach will give it greater leverage - Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

FINANCIAL SERVICES

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • Draft Council conclusions on enhancing well-being at work
  • The Commission encourages EU Member States to ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of Violence and Harassment in the World of Work - Midday Express
  • Roadmap - Gender equality strategy 2020-2024 - Feedback period: 16 January 2020 - 13 February 2020
  • Roadmap - Gender pay gap – transparency on pay for men and women - Feedback period: 06 January 2020 - 03 February 2020

ENERGY

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Ecological restoration in the EU post-2020 biodiversity strategy: The opportunities of rewilding European landscapes for nature and climate - See the EEB Report
  • Transition to a toxic-free circular economy in the carpet industry still a distant reality, despite industry initiative - See the Heal Statement
  • Environmental health priorities for Croatia’s presidency of the Council of the European Union - See the Heal Letter

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCTS SAFETY

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Mobility package: EP Transport Committee backs deal with EU Ministers

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Removal of non-compliant mobile phones from the European market (PhoneGate)
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Need to lower telecommunications tariffs with third countries
  • The Netherlands - ACM: Telecom providers should offer roaming abroad under the same terms as at home

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • The Council adopted its position and findings on the application of the General Data Protection Regulation
  • Answer given by Mr Reynders to a MEP written question - Direct transnational access to personal data under a regulation on electronic evidence

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE 

  • Agenda for: JHA Counsellors (Visa) / Mixed Committee (EU-Iceland/Norway and Switzerland/Liechtenstein) of 28 January 2020
  • Agenda for: Working Party on e-Law (-eJustice) - Expert group on Data Sets (e-Justice Portal) of 27 January 2020
  • Agenda for: Working Party on e-Law (-eJustice) of 28 January 2020
    • Survey on the use of IT tools by courts in Member States - Results
    • Intermediary report on the implementation of the 2019-2023 e-Justice Portal - January 2020
  • Projects related to Open Data in the e-Justice Action Plan and possible developments - See the Presidency Note
  • Redrafting of Expert group mandates - Note from the Presidency
  • Commissioners Johansson and Reynders travelling to Zagreb for informal meeting of Justice and Home Affairs Ministers - Midday Express
  • Opinion of Advocate General Pitruzzella of 21 January 2020, Case C‑746/18, H.K. Vs. Prokuratuur
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - The processing of personal data in the electronic communications sector - Confidentiality of the communications - Providers of electronic communications services - General and undifferentiated retention of traffic and location data - Criminal investigations - Access of investigating authorities to data retained for periods of up to one year - Authorisation given by the Public Prosecutor’s Office - Use of data in criminal proceedings as evidence - Directive 2002/58/EC - Article 1(3), Article 3 and Article 15(1) - Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union - Articles 7, 8, 11 and Article 52(1))

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

FUTURE OF EUROPE & BREXIT

  • The Commission’s contribution to shaping the Conference on the Future of Europe - See the Q&A

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Read-out by the Commission of the meeting between Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and U.S. President Donald Trump
  • Declaration by the High Representative Josep Borrell on behalf of the EU on South Sudan
  • Answer given by CP Borrell to a MEP written question - Extraterritorial application of US law