March 15, 2024

Europe Daily News , 15 March 2024



  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.11426 - Platinum Equity / Kohler Energy)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.11458 - MEIF7 / Infracapital / LMI)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.11440 - Clearlake / Insight / Alteryx)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.11331 - ACES / Prezero / Enagas Renovable / Prezero Biometano)
  • Commission assesses Brasserie Nationale's acquisition of Boissons Heintz (M.11309) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of Nordic Waterproofing Group by Kingspan (M.11373) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of Lawson by Mitsubishi and KDDI (M.11430) - Midday Express
  • Volkswagen-Pon bike leasing JV clearance decision published by EU - See Case M.11331
  • France - The General Rapporteur of the Autorité de la concurrence indicates that unannounced inspections were carried out in the medical biology sector
  • Ireland - CCPC opens in-depth investigation into Kilsaran’s proposed acquisition of certain assets of Kilmurray Precast Concrete
  • UK competition watchdog to probe Barratt’s £2.5bn Redrow acquisition - Housebuilders already facing pressure after earlier CMA investigation into suspected information sharing - Financial Times


  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU - Cases where the Commission raises no objections - SA.111997 & SA.110458
  • Commission approves €8.48 million Greek State aid measure to compensate Sky express in the context of the coronavirus pandemic (SA.62482) - Midday Express
  • Answer given by EVP Vestager to a MEP written question - Italian Football Federation criteria in violation of CJEU ruling in Case C-333/21 


  • Weighed down by gravity - UK trade policy after Brexit - See CER Insight
  • WTO - DDG Ellard and fisheries subsidies negotiations chair share next steps at World Ocean Summit
  • Thailand-EU free trade pact on track for completion in 2025, Thai PM says - The Diplomat
  • Election fever imperils EU free trade with Ukraine - Renewal of duty-free access for Ukrainian produce, introduced following Russia’s invasion, now hangs by a thread -
  • Suez, Schmuez: how global trade is shrugging off the Houthi attacks - Blocking cargo ships’ passage through the Red Sea hasn’t noticeably hurt global growth or pushed up inflation - Financial Times


  • The EU should lead the green steel race… Or it could be left behind in the dust - See CEPS Statement
  • Answer given by Mr Reynders to a MEP written question - EU supply chain directive


  • The Commission allocates €500 million to ramp up ammunition production, out of a total of €2 billion to strengthen EU's defence industry - IP/24/1495, QaA & EDIRPA Work Programme 2024
  • The EU'S defence ambitions are for long term - See CER Insight


  • Agenda for: Working Party on Tax Questions (High Level) - 26 March 2024
  • Incorporating the impact of social investments and reforms in the EU’s new fiscal framework - See Bruegel Working Paper


  • Proposal for a Council Recommendation on continuing coordinated demand-reduction measures for gas - Adoption
  • Two years on, synchronisation of Ukraine and Moldova's electricity grids continues to ensure energy stability
  • Commission adopts EU-wide scheme for rating sustainability of data centres
  • EIB: Lithuania gets energy-independence boost with EIB loan to Ignitis
  • The myth of cheap Russian gas in Europe - There never was such a thing and to base policy on it would be a serious mistake - Financial Times


  • Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2010/75/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 November 2010 on industrial emissions (IPPC) and Council Directive 1999/31/EC of 26 April 1999 on the landfill of waste - Outcome of the EP's first reading (Strasbourg, 11 to 14 March 2024)
  • Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2008/98/EC on waste - Policy debate: Presidency note with questions for Ministers
  • Seventh Clean Transition Dialogue focuses on building climate-resilient, low-carbon cities - Midday Express
  • Commissioner Sinkevičius in Paraguay, Bolivia and Ecuador to discuss cooperation on addressing deforestation - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevicius to a MEP written question - Establishing green lead markets and green public procurement in the EU



  • Polish SA: administrative fine for failure to notify a personal data breach
  • Polish SA: administrative fine of € 24.000 for failure to notify a personal data breach
  • Poland - Failure of an airline company to inform the data subject of completion of erasure request, failure of transparency obligations


  • More than €66 million from cohesion policy funds to support the development of the world's first bioclimatic airport terminal on La Réunion - Midday Express
  • Budapest and the Nudgd online platform rewarded for their green mobility activities at the European Urban Mobility Awards - Midday Express



  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council - 18 March 2024
  • Press statement by President von der Leyen with Prime Minister Johannesen of the Faroe Islands
  • EU, France and Germany announce International Humanitarian Conference to support Sudan - Midday Express
  • European Humanitarian Forum will gather international decision-makers in Brussels to tackle major global crises - Midday Express
  • Commissioner Johansson travels to Australia to strengthen cooperation on security and fighting child sexual abuse - Midday Express
  • Cost of aggression: EU sanctions against Russia two years on - See EPC Commentary

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