November 17, 2023

Europe Daily News, 17 November 2023

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COMPETITION

  • Summary of Commission Decision of 22 September 2023 relating to a proceeding under Article 102 of the TFEU and Article 54 of the EEA Agreement (Case AT.37990 - INTEL)
    - Opinion of the Advisory Committee on restrictive practices and dominant positions
    - Final Report of the Hearing Officer – Case AT.37990 – Intel
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.11352 - SVP / APCOA)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.11138 - Totalenergies / Air Liquide / JV)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.11307 - GI Group / European Staffing Business of Kelly)
  • Commission authorises the creation of a joint venture by Renault and Geely (M.11230) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears creation of joint venture by Ineos and Sinopec (M.11290) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of SeaCube by KIA and OTPP (M.11329) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of STEICO by Kingspan (M.11248) - Midday Express
  • Norway - There may be grounds to prohibit Norwegian’s acquisition of Widerøe

STATE AID

  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU - Cases where the Commission raises no objections - SA.107440; SA.106500 & SA.109261
  • Commission approves €560 million Slovak State aid schemes to support companies in the context of Russia's war against Ukraine (SA.109597 & SA.109598) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €3 billion Austrian State aid scheme to support companies facing increased energy costs in the context of Russia's war against Ukraine - IP/23/5683
  • Commission approves €105 million Austrian State aid scheme to support newspapers, magazines, and online news publishers (SA.107189) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €146 million Swedish State aid measure to the port of Gothenburg (SA.103466) - Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Customs Union - 21 November 2023
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Trade Policy Committee (Deputy Members) - 23 November 2023
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Trade Policy Committee (Services & Investment) - 22 November 2023
  • Council Decision authorising the opening of negotiations with the Republic of Colombia for a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Technical Harmonisation (SMEI - Omnibus) - 20 November 2023 
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competitiveness & Growth (Better Regulation) - 22 November 2023
  • Preparation of the Council (Competitiveness (Internal Market, Industry, Research & Space) on 7-8 December 2023 Draft Council conclusions on “Space traffic management: state of play” - Approval
  • Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the legal protection of designs (recast) - Four-column document
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Regulation (EC) No 6/2002 on Community designs and repealing Commission Regulation (EC) No 2246/2002 - Four-column document

CHEMICAL

  • Opinion of Advocate General Kokott of 16 November 2023 in Case C‑654/22, FOD Volksgezondheid, Veiligheid van de voedselketen & Leefmilieu Vs. Triferto Belgium NV
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 - Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals - REACH - Scope - Exemption for substances subject to customs supervision - Registration obligation - Importer - Import - Person subject to registration
  • Summary of European Commission Decisions on authorisations for the placing on the market for the use and/or for use of substances listed in Annex XIV to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the REACH (4-(1,1,3,3-tetramethylbutyl)phenol, ethoxylated (4-tert-OPnEO))
  • Council adopts position on digital labelling in the fertilisers sector

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • The EBA’s monitoring of IFRS 9 implementation by EU institutions confirms need to timely address practices misaligned with expectations

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • "Agriculture & Fisheries" Council on 20 November 2023
    - Partial application of Good Agricultural and Environmental Condition (GAEC) no. 8 for the 2024 campaign
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Genetic Resources and Innovation in Agriculture (Innovation in Agriculture) - 27 & 28 November 2023
  • Agenda for: Subgroup arable crops and olive oil - 30 November 2023
  • Minutes of the Commission Expert Group for sustainability and quality of agriculture and rural development - 05 October 2023
  • Minutes of the Commission Expert Group on the European Food Security Crisis Preparedness and Response Mechanism - sub-group Mitigating Risks and Vulnerabilities in the Food Suply chains - 18 October 2023
  • EU Commission to spend €186 million promoting agri-food products in and outside EU in 2024 - IP/23/5816

ENERGY

  • Protection against market manipulation in the wholesale energy market: Council and Parliament reach deal
  • Opinion of Advocate General Emiliou of 16 November 2023 in Case C‑316/22, Gabel Industria Tessile SpA, Canavesi SpA Vs. A2A Energia SpA, Energit SpA, Agenzia delle Dogane e dei Monopoli, joined parties: Agenzia delle Dogane e dei Monopoli
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Article 288 TFEU - Direct effect of directives - Horizontal direct effect - Vertical direct effect - Foster test - Entities which are considered an emanation of the State - Directive 2008/118/EC - Electricity provider - Repayment of taxes paid in breach of EU law -Procedural autonomy - Principle of effectiveness

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Waste shipments: Council and Parliament reach agreement on more efficient and updated rules
  • Commission welcomes political agreement on stronger control of exports of waste - IP/23/5818
  • Environmental crime: Council and European Parliament reach provisional agreement on new EU law
  • Commission welcomes political agreement on protecting the environment through criminal law - IP/23/5817
  • COP28 Leaders Declaration on Sustainable Agriculture, Resilient Food Systems and Climate Action - Authorisation to sign an NBI
  • Draft Opinion by MEP Maria Noichl on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the council on Soil Monitoring and Resilience (Soil Monitoring Law)
  • Remarks by Commissioner Hoekstra at the event ‘The EU's Carbon-Border Adjustment Mechanism for Climate Policy, and Implications for Chinese Companies', hosted by the EU-China Partnership Facility (ECPF)
  • Opinion of Advocate General Rantos of 16 November 2023 in Case C‑671/22, T GmbH Vs. Bezirkshautpmannschaft Spittal an der Drau
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Environment - EU action in the field of water policy - Directive 2000/60/EC - Article 4(1)(a) – Environmental objectives relating to surface waters - Obligation of the Member States not to authorise a project that may cause a deterioration of the status of a body of water - Annex V, point 1.2.2 - Ecological status classification of the biological quality element ‘fish fauna’

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Plants and Plant Health Questions (Pesticides/Plant Protection Products) - 23 November 2023 (ST 14118/23 +ADD 1)
  • EPSCO Council (Health) on 30 November 2023
    - High-level meetings during the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the EU
  • European Commission calls for urgent action on antimicrobial resistance - Midday Express  

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) 2019/881 as regards managed security services
    Mandate for negotiations with the European Parliament
  • Commissioner Reynders to attend the United for Justice Conference - Midday Express
  • New rules for consumer credits in the EU - Midday Express

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

FUTURE OF EUROPE

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Main results - 46th ACP-EU Council of Ministers of 15 November 2023
  • Remarks by President Charles Michel after his meeting with Prime Minister Andrej Plenković in Zagreb 
  • Commissioner Lenarčič in Swizerland to attend humanitarian pledging conference by Geneva call - Midday Express
  • EU-Armenia: joint press release on the Second Political and Security Dialogue
  • Liberia: Statement by the Spokesperson on the run-off presidential elections
  • Guatemala: Statement by the Spokesperson on continued efforts to undermine election results
  • EU releases €10.5 million in humanitarian aid for people in Myanmar and Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh
  • Civilian CSDP Compact: EU holds Annual Review Conference on its civilian response to crises and conflicts worldwide

RUSSIAN INVASION OF UKRAINE

  • EU wards off Russian tech investment via its startup fund - Russian investors ‘are totally banned’ from co-investing with the EU’s venture capital fund, its board president says - Politico.eu
  • EU closing eyes to Belarus sanctions loopholes, opposition leader says - Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya says trade penalties on Minsk ‘have such huge loopholes that they don’t work effectively'. - Politico.eu

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: Remarks by HR/VP Josep Borrell in the meeting with President Isaac Herzog
  • Israel: Press remarks by HR/VP Josep Borrell after his visits to Kibbutz Be'eri and Re'im with Foreign Minister Eli Cohen

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