COMPETITION

STATE AID

  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU - Cases where the Commission raises no objections
  • State Aid - United Kingdom - State Aid SA.35980 (2018/NN) - Electricity Market Reform: Capacity Mechanism - Invitation to submit comments pursuant to Article 108(2) of the TFEU
  • State aid - Denmark - State Aid SA.52162 (2019/C) (ex 2018/FC) - State aid in favour of the Øresund Bridge Consortium - Invitation to submit comments pursuant to Article 108(2) of the TFEU
  • State Aid - Sweden - State Aid SA.52617 (2019/C) (ex 2018/FC) - State aid in favour of the Øresund Bridge Consortium - Invitation to submit comments pursuant to Article 108(2) of the TFEU
  • State Aid Weekly e-News No.11/2019 - Covers from 15 to 21 March 2019

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for:Trade Policy Committee (Services & Investment) of 27.03.2019
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Customs Union of 25.03.2019
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/464 of 21.03.2019 initiating an investigation concerning possible circumvention of anti-dumping measures imposed by Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 412/2013 on imports of ceramic tableware and kitchenware originating in the People's Republic of China, and making such imports subject to registration
  • Answer given by Mr Hogan to a written question - China tariff rate quota
  • The European Commission and the Mission of Canada to the European Union are organising a CETA Trade and Gender Workshop - 01.04.2019
  • Application to track goods under excise duty suspension via an Administrative Reference Code (ARC Follow-Up).
  • WTO - Trade Policy Review: East African Community (EAC) on 20 & 22.03.2019
  • WTO Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff  welcomed South Sudan’s bid for WTO membership
  • WTO - DG Azevêdo in Brazil: Open trade policies are vital to boost competitiveness
  • Washington warns over China's tougher position on trade talks - Financial Times 22.03.2019
  • EU procurement: will member states buy it? - Commission dusts off old proposal for pan-EU retaliatory weapon  - Financial Times 22.03.2019

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Judgment of the Court of 21.03.2019 in Case C‑245/18, Tecnoservice Int. Srl Vs. Poste Italiane SpA - Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Payment services in the internal market - Directive 2007/64/EC - Article 74(2) - Payment order by credit transfer - Incorrect unique identifier provided by the payer - Execution of the payment transaction on the basis of the unique identifier - Liability of the payee’s payment service provider
  • Capital Markets Union: Political agreement on a stronger and more integrated European supervisory architecture, including on anti-money laundering - (IP/19/1655, see Beuc Statement)
  • ESMA adds new venues to register of derivatives to be traded on-venue under MiFIR

TAXATION

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Tax Questions (Indirect Taxation - VAT) of 29.03.2019
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Tax Questions (Indirect Taxation - Excise Duties) of 02.04.2019
  • EU budget: Tax cooperation between EU Member States receives welcome boost following funding agreement - (IP/19/1754)

AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES & MARITIME AFFAIRS

  • Draft Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on unfair trading practices in business-to-business relationships in the agricultural and food supply chain (first reading) - Adoption of the legislative act, EP Statement & Joint Statement)

ENERGY

  • ACER publishes guidance on layering and spoofing in continuous wholesale energy markets

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on the Environment of 29.03.2019
  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (CITES) of 28.03.2019
  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Climate Change) of 29.03.2019
  • Minutes of the Council of the European Union (Environment) of 05.03.2019
  • Commission organises international Carbon Market Workshop in Florence, Italy

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCTS SAFETY

  • World Tuberculosis Day: while the number of cases decreases in Europe, awareness and prevention are still needed
  • Answer by  Mr Andriukaitis to a written question - Publication of EFSA opinion on the presence of PFAS and PFOS in food
  • EFSA - Lumpy skin disease: Balkans outbreak-free in 2018
  • Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report - Report 12 (Published on: 22/03/2019)

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Agenda for: 15th meeting of the TEN-T Committee (jointly with CEF Transport Committee) of 25.03.2019
  • Agenda for: 17th meeting of the CEF Transport Committee - Transport Sector of 25.03.2019

ECB, €URO & ECONOMY

  • Speech by Yves Mersch at the ‘Challenges in Understanding the Monetary Transmission Mechanism’ conference
  • Country Specific Recommendations for 2017 and 2018 - A tabular comparison and an overview of implementation - Study for EP EcoFin Committee - March 2019
  • Macro-Financial Assistance to EU Member States - State of Play, March 2019
  • ECB publishes Economic Bulletin - Issue 2, 2019

FUTURE OF EUROPE & BREXIT

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • The Council has amended and prolonged for one year the restrictive sanctions measures against certain persons, entities and bodies in view of the situation in Egypt (See Council Regulation (EU) 2019/459  and Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/468, Notice 1 & Notice 2)
  • The Council has prolonged for one year the restrictive measures in view of the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina (See Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/467
  • Speech by President Donald Tusk on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the EEA Agreement
  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union to commemorate the World Water Day
  • Belt & Road - Italy support puts EU solidarity on China at risk - Financial Times 22.03.2019
  • Italy will secure its place on the new Silk Road - Rome’s Belt and Road agreement with Beijing can be a model for other European countries - Financial Times 22.03.2019