March 12, 2024

Europe Daily News, 12 March 2024



  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.11420 - Blackstone / Vista / Adapt2)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.11411 - BPIFrance / Meridiam / Exoes)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.11125 - Netceed (Formerly ETC Group) / Amadys)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.11308 - Vodafone UK / Three UK / Vodafone UK Holdings)
  • Commission clears creation of joint venture by Mitsui, Osaka Gas and RWE KK (M.11475) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of Fassi Holding by Investindustrial (M.11471) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition de BCC Vita par BNPP Cardif (M.11402) - Midday Express
  • Germany - Acquisition of MorphoSys AG by Novartis AG approved by the Bundeskartellamt
  • Slovakia - The Council of the PMU decided in the case of cartel in public procurement in the field of energy
  • UK - The CMA has today published its main concerns following an initial review into the veterinary sector
  • Dealmakers beware: US antitrust enforcers wade into workers’ rights - For regulators, the labour market is fair game in mergers and acquisitions - Financial Times 


  • Agenda for: 3rd Meeting of the Ports Alliance Customs - 15 March 2024
  • Investigation concerning possible circumvention of the antidumping measures imposed by Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/1930 on imports of birch plywood originating in Russia, by imports of birch plywood consigned from Türkiye and Kazakhstan
  • Anti-circumvention investigation concerning the anti-dumping and countervailing measures on imports of certain cold rolled stainless steel sheets and coils originating in Indonesia via, inter alia, Türkiye - R797 – R798
  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/... amending Annex IV to Regulation (EU) No 978/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council in order to remove Bhutan from the list of beneficiary countries of the special arrangement for the least-developed countries
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the International Grains Council concerning the accession of Senegal to the Grains Trade Convention, 1995
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2024/842 of 11 March 2024 re-imposing safeguard measures with regard to imports of Indica rice originating in Cambodia and Myanmar/Burma
  • Decision No 2/2024 of the Trade Committee of 16 January 2024 amending Annex II to Protocol 1, concerning the definition of the concept of originating products and methods of administrative cooperation
  • Answer given by EVP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Anti-dumping measures imposed on slings from China
  • A new release of the Customs Decisions System will be deployed to implement GUM 1
  • WTO - The United States launches safeguard investigation on fine denier polyester staple fiber
  • Mercedes-Benz boss calls for Brussels to cut tariffs on Chinese EVs - Ola Källenius believes increased competition will help Europe’s car industry produce better vehicles - Financial Times


  • Agenda for: 6th meeting of the Programme Committee for the implementation of the Regulation on Supporting Ammunition Production - 13 March 2024
  • EU fertilising products – Aligning biodegradability criteria for polymers to the REACH restriction on microplastics - Feedback period: 08 March 2024 - 05 April 2024
  • European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) launches a UK Hub to bridge EU and UK innovation sectors - Midday Express


  • Financial independence and gender equality: joining the dots between income, wealth and power - EIGE report
  • Brussels aims to fast-track up to €3bn for Ukraine from frozen Russian assets - First tranche of profits from Euroclear could be available as soon as July, if EU capitals approve - Financial Times


  • Platform workers: Council confirms agreement on new rules to improve their working conditions
  • EU ministers approve ‘status quo’ rules for gig economy workers - Directive aims to ‘determine employment status’ of about 28mn riders and drivers, but bloc regulation remains fragmented - Financial Times 



  • Agenda for: Working Party on Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices - Attachés meeting - 18 & 19 March 2024
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Directive on asbestos screening, registering and monitoring
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion - Safety and efficacy of a feed additive consisting of 6‐phytase produced by Aspergillus oryzae DSM 33737 (HiPhorius™) for all poultry, all Suidae and all fin fish (DSM Nutritional Products Ltd)
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion - Safety and efficacy of a feed additive consisting of sodium bisulphate for all animal species except aquatic animals (Grillo Werke AG & Jones‐Hamilton Co.)
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion - Safety of ashitaba sap as a Novel food pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2015/2283
  • EFSA -  Scientific Colloquium 27: Cell Culture‐derived Foods and Food Ingredients



  • Agenda for: Horizontal Working Party on Cyber Issues - 13 March 2024
  • Agenda for: 91st Meeting of the EDPB plenary session - 14 March 2024
  • New Cybersecurity compendium on how to protect integrity of elections published


  • Main Results of the Eurogroup - 11 March 2024
    - Remarks by Eurogroup President Paschal Donohoe
    - Eurogroup statement on the fiscal policy orientation for 2025
    - Statement of the Eurogroup in inclusive format on the future of Capital Markets Union
  • Commission endorses positive preliminary assessment of Estonia's second payment request for €122.3 million under the Recovery and Resilience Facility - IP/24/1400
  • Letter to the ECOFIN Ministers on the outcomes of meetings of G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors on 28-29 February 2024 in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Consumers' payment preferences and banking digitalisation in the euro area - ECB Working Paper Series - No.2915
  • ECB Banking Supervision to move to Gallileo building in Frankfurt by the end of 2025


  • EU introduces new rules on transparency and targeting of political advertising
  • Speech by President von der Leyen at the European Parliament Plenary on the preparation of the European Council meeting of 21-22 March 2024
  • Macron furious after French commissioner blasts von der Leyen - EC bureaucrats have also taken a dim view of Thierry Breton’s social media swipe -


  • Costa Rica: European Union and Costa Rica conclude their seventh round of bilateral consultations
  • Human Rights: The European Union and the United States release joint guidance for online platforms on protecting Human Rights Defenders
  • Bosnia should start EU membership talks, Commission will announce -
  • The EU and UK need a new security deal fit for a more dangerous world - Years of free riding have left European countries dependent on the US - for greater autonomy, they need Britain’s help - Financial Times

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