COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9190 - ADP/Bouygues/BPCE/IFC/Marguerite/TAV/ ZAIC-A)
  • Commission clears acquisition of Magneti Marelli by KKR (M.9200)
  • Speech by Margrethe Vestager on competition and Europe's digital future
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager - European inconsistencies in the Fincantieri-Stx case - E-000266/2019
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager - Irish Government and Apple Inc. - E-000375/2019
  • The Netherlands - ACM to complete market study into mobile app stores in April
  • CMA full text decision on Ensco/ Rowan merger
  • CMA serves initial enforcement order in Bauer Radio / UKRD Group merger
  • CMA issues no grounds for action decision in investigation into possible abusive discounts offered for Remicade
  • CMA imposes penalty for breach of initial enforcement order in Vanilla/Washstation merger
  • Romania – The Competition Council: Unilever starts to implement the commitments assumed in order to take-over betty-ice – 13.03.2019
  • Spotify boss warns of price rises in Apple dispute - Daniel Ek says music-streaming service could have ‘no other choice’ in face of App Store’s 30% fee - Financial Times 15.03.2019 p.1
  • Margrethe Vestager to hit Google with another fine - EU competition commissioner will announce antitrust penalty next week over advertising - Financial Times 15.03.2019 p.3

STATE AID

  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU - Cases where the Commission raises no objections OJ C 101, 15.03.2019 p.1 & 5
  • State Aid - Portugal - State Aid SA.21259 (2018/C) (ex 2018/ NN) - Zona Franca da Madeira (ZFM) - Regime III - Invitation to submit comments pursuant to Article 108(2) of the TFEU
  • State Aid Weekly e-News - No.10/19 - 14.03.2019 - Covers from 8 to 14 March 2019

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Full Members) of 20.03.2019
  • Agenda & Meeting Documents for the EP Inta Committee of 18.03.2019
  • Draft - Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the World Customs Organization in relation to the Harmonized System
  • EP resolution of 14.03.2019 on the implementation of the GSP Regulation (EU) No 978/212 (2018/2107(INI))
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the EU in the Joint Committee established under the Agreement between the EU and Japan for an Economic Partnership as regards the adoption of the Rules of Procedure of the Joint Committee, the Rules of Procedure of a Panel, the Mediation Procedure and the Code of Conduct for Arbitrators (See the Annex)
  • Answer given by Ms Malmström - Treating canned tuna as a sensitive product in trade agreements - E-000355/2019
  • Answer given by Ms Malmström - Sri Lanka's GSP+ status - E-000438/2019
  • Trump warns EU of ‘severe’ economic pain if no progress on trade talks Financial Times 15.03.2019
  • Free Trade - The danger of mixing currencies and trade Premium - US is reviving the idea of addressing currency misalignments in its bilateral deal with China Financial Times 15.03.2019 p.3

INTERNAL MARKET, INDUSTRY & GENERAL

  • ‎‎The Council appointed Ms Thérèse Blanchet as Director General responsible for the Council legal service.
  • Draft - Commission Regulation (EU) …/… laying down ecodesign requirements for servers and data storage products pursuant to Directive 2009/125/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and amending Commission Regulation (EU) No 617/2013 (See the Annex, the Impact Assessment & its Summary)

FINANCIAL SERVICES, INDUSTRY & GENERAL

TAXATION

AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES & MARITIME AFFAIRS

  • Indicative programme - Agriculture & Fisheries Council of 18 March 2019 (See the Agenda)
  • The situation on the meat market considering new trade challenges - Information from the Polish delegation
  • Agenda for: Expert Group for Agricultural Markets - single CMO Regulation – Subgroup Olive Oil Chemists
  • Minutes of the meeting of the Economic Board of the European Meat Market Observatory of 22.02.2019
  • Commissioner Hogan in Ireland to discuss the future CAP and the role of women in agriculture in two Citizens' Dialogues
  • Commission reports on two years of progress in improving international ocean governance

ENERGY

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCTS SAFETY

  • Council Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/417 of 8.11.2018 laying down guidelines for the management of the EU Rapid Information System ‘RAPEX’ established under Article 12 of Directive 2001/95/EC on general product safety and its notification system
  • Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report - Report 11 (15/03/2019)
  • SCCS - Minutes of the Working Group Meeting on Methodologies of 27 February 2019
  • SCCS - Final version of the Addendum to the scientific Opinion SCCS/1491/12 on the hair dye substance 2-Methoxy-methyl-p-phenylenediamine and its sulfate salt - COLIPA n° A160 - Submission II (use on eyelashes)

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • EIB signs two new loans in Bulgaria following a strong year in 2018
  • Answer given by Ms Gabriel - Cancellation of the last trialogue on the directive on copyright in the digital single market - E-000322/2019
  • Answer given by Ms Gabriel - From cheap roaming accessible to everyone, to free but inaccessible roaming - E-000568/201

DATA PRIVACY  & CYBERSECURITY

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • EP legislative resolution of 14.03.2019 on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on safeguarding competition in air transport, repealing Regulation (EC) No 868/2004

JUSTICE & HOME AFFAIRS

  • Better protection of whistle-blowers: Council confirms agreement with Parliament
  • European Commission calls on national political parties to join efforts to ensure free and fair elections in Europe (IP/19/1672)
  • European Commission Reaction to the article published in Libération on 15 March 2019

€URO, ECB & ECONOMY

FUTURE OF EUROPE & BREXIT

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • Press statement- 54th meeting of the Association Council between the EU and Turkey - 15.03.2019 - Brussels
  • Syria crisis: EU mobilises renewed international support, record overall pledge of €8.3 billion for 2019 and beyond (IP/19/1628 & co-chairs declaration)
  • Ukraine: EU responds to escalation at the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov, and renews sanctions over actions against Ukraine's territorial integrity (See Regulation 2019/408, Regulation (EU) 2019/409, Decision (CFSP) 2019/415 & Decision (CFSP) 2019/416)
  • EU report: Stepping up bilateral cooperation with the perspective of concluding a new comprehensive EU-Azerbaijan agreement (IP/19/1674, factsheet)
  • Statement by President Jean-Claude Juncker on the terrorist attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand