COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9334 - GTCR/Apax Partners/Dolphin TopCo)
  • Antitrust: Commission fines Google €1.49 billion for abusive practices in online advertising (IP/19/1770)
  • Consultation on the control of abusive practices in electricity generation/wholesale trade: Bundeskartellamt and Bundesnetzagentur publish draft guidelines
  • Google overhauls search results to avoid EU probe  - Financial Times 20.03.2019

STATE AID

  • Judgment of the General Court of 20.03.2019 in Case T-766/16,Hércules Club of Fútbol, SAD, supported by Kingdom of Spain Vs. European Commission
    Re: State aid - Aid granted by Spain to certain professional football clubs - Guarantee - Decision declaring aid incompatible with the internal market - Advantage - Obligation to state reasons
  • Commission Decision (EU) 2019/421 of 20.06.2018 on State aid SA.44888 (2016/C) (ex 2016/NN) implemented by Luxembourg in favour of ENGIE
  • Commission Decision (EU) 2019/422 of 20.09.2018 on the State aid SA 36112 (2016/C) (ex 2015/NN) implemented by Italy for the Port Authority of Naples and Cantieri del Mediterraneo S.p.A.

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Judgment of the General Court of 20.03.2019 in Case T‑310/16, Foshan Lihua Ceramic Co. Ltd, Vs. European Commission
    Re: Dumping - Imports of ceramic tiles originating in China - Article 11(4) and (5) and Article 17 of Regulation (EC) No 1225/2009 (now Article 11(4) and (5) and Article 17 of Regulation (EU) 2016/1036) - Refusal to grant new exporting producer treatment in accordance with Article 3 of Implementing Regulation (EU) No 917/2011 - Sampling - Individual examination - Confidentiality
  • Agenda for: Market Access Advisory Committee of 21.03.2019
  • Agenda for: 6th meeting of the CEG - Section International Customs Matters of 29.03.2019
  • Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström’s second visit to Georgia highlights strong EU-Georgia ties
  • International trade in goods in 2018 - A third of EU trade is with the United States and China - At Member State level, trade within the EU largely prevail (Stat/19/1768)

INTERNAL MARKET, INDUSTRY & GENERAL

  • Entry into office of new Members at the Court of Justice and at the General Court of the European Union - Formal sitting of 20 March 2019
  • EU budget for 2021-2027: Commission welcomes provisional agreement on Horizon Europe, the future EU research and innovation programme (IP/19/1676)

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Capital Markets Union: Council confirms final agreement on easier access to financial markets for SMEs
  • Commission is hosting high-level conference on a global approach to sustainable finance
  • EBA updates list of Other Systemically Important Institutions (O-SIIs)
  • ESMA publishes its Data Operational Plan under a no-deal Brexit scenario
  • ESMA’s application of the trading obligation for shares following a no-deal Brexit
  • Transatlantic front opens in Brexit derivatives battle - Britain is caught in the middle of a regulatory tussle between the US and the EU - Financial Times 20.03.2019

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • Fair labour mobility: Commission welcomes the provisional agreement reached on the modernised rules on social security coordination (Statement/19/1613)

ENERGY

  • Energy Union: €750 million in EU funding made available for clean energy infrastructure (IP/19/1756)

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Minutes of the Expert Group meeting on Access and benefit sharing (ABS) under the Nagoya Protocol of 05.02.2019
  • Agenda for: 2nd meeting of Expert Group on Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCFEG) of 01.04.2019
  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Int. Chemicals / Synergies) of 27.03.2019,  (Biodiversity) of 25.03.2019 & (Basel Convention) of 26.03.2019
  • Clean Planet for all: A European strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy - agricultural aspects - Exchange of views

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCTS SAFETY

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • BEREC 22nd International Roaming Benchmark Data Report
  • BEREC announces changes to process for developing work programme and calls for input on 2020 work programme
  • BEREC report on termination of contracts and switching providers
  • Code of practice against disinformation: Commission takes note of the progress made by online platforms and urges them to step up their efforts (Statement/19/1757)

 AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • An internal border of a Member State at which border control has been reintroduced cannot be equated with an external border within the meaning of the ‘Returns Directive’ (See CPR No.35/2019 - Judgment in Case C-44/17)
  • An asylum seeker may be transferred to the Member State that is normally responsible for processing his application or that has previously granted him subsidiary protection unless the expected living conditions in that Member State of those granted international protection would expose him to a situation of extreme material poverty, contrary to the prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment (See CPR No.33/2019 - Judgment in Case C-163/17
  • A Europe that Protects: 15 out of 22 Security Union legislative initiatives agreed so far (IP/19/1713, see the FactSheet and the Communication)
  • European Commission presents its achievements on combatting racism, xenophobia and discrimination
  • Frustrated Brussels to change tack on rule of law conflicts - Financial Times 20.03.2019

FUTURE OF EUROPE & BREXIT

FOREIGN AFFAIRS