COMPETITION

  • Judgment of the General Court of 28.03.2019 in Case T 433/16, Pometon SpA, Vs. European Commission
    Re: Competition - Agreements, decisions and concerted practices - European market for abrasive metal abrasives - Decision finding an infringement of Article 101 TFEU and Article 53 of the EEA Agreement - Price coordination throughout the EEA - Hybrid procedure »Staggered chronologically - Presumption of innocence - Principle of impartiality - Charter of fundamental rights - Proof of the offense - Sole and continuous infringement - Restriction of competition by object - Duration of the offense - Fine - Exceptional adjustment of the basic amount - Obligation to state reasons - Proportionality - Equal treatment -
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9306 - ENGIE/CDPQ/TAG)
  • Commission clears acquisition of Parex by Sika (M.9276) - Midday Express 28.03.2019
  • Answer by Ms Vestager to a written question - Facebook to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger and Facebook - WhatsApp 2014 takeover and Council Merger Regulation
  • Answer by Ms Vestager to a written question - Competition in the agri-sector
  • CMA terminates extension of Phase 1 review of acquisition by AL-KO Kober Holdings of Bankside Patterson
  • Romania - The Competition Council analyzes the take over of Autohaus Michael Schmidt Gmbh by Pappas Holding HMBH and MHS Holding

STATE AID

  • The Court of Justice annuls the Commission decision stating that the German law on renewable energy of 2012 (the EEG 2012) involved State aid (See CPR No.44/2019 - Judgment in Case C-405/16 P - Germany Vs. Commission)

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Judgment of the Court of 28.03.2019 in Case C-144/18 P,River Kwai International Food Industry Co. Ltd, established in Kaeng Sian (Thailand), Vs.
    Association européenne des transformateurs de maïs doux (AETMD), Council of the European Union, European Commission
    Re: Appeal - Dumping - Definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of certain prepared or preserved sweetcorn in kernels originating in Thailand - Interim review pursuant to Article 11(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1225/2009)
  • Agenda for: 54th Plenary Meeting of the Trade Contact Group of 09.04.2019
  • Agenda for: Working party on Customs Union of 01.04.20198
  • Minutes of the 197th meeting of the Customs Code Committee (Textiles & Mechanical / Miscellaneous Sub-section) of 20-22.02.2019
  • Council Decision (EU) 2019/524 of 21.03.2019 on the position to be taken on behalf of the EU within the Joint Committee established by the Strategic Partnership Agreement between the EU and its Member States, of the one part, and Japan, of the other part, as regards the adoption of Rules of Procedure for the Joint Committee
  • Council Decision (EU) 2019/485 of 05.03.2019 on the conclusion of the relevant Agreements under Article XXI of the GATS with Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the Separate customs territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu (Chinese Taipei), Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Hong Kong China, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, the Philippines, Switzerland and the United States, on the necessary compensatory adjustments resulting from the accession of Czechia, Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Austria, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland and Sweden to the EU
  • Report on EU trade defence – effective protection against unfair trade (IP/19/1850 - 37th Annual Report & Working Document)
  • EU-CETA: second joint management committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures - Final minutes
  • EU investment protection after the ECJ Opinion on Singapore: Questions of competence and coherence - Study for EP INTA Committee
  • "Parliamentary scrutiny of trade policies across the Western world" - Study for EP INTA Committee
  • WTO - Committee on Regional Trade Agreements - Accession of Ecuador to the Trade Agreement between the EU and Colombia and Peru (goods and services) - Questions & replies
  • Indonesia pushes palm oil companies to take legal action against the EU - South China Morning Post  

INTERNAL MARKET, INDUSTRY & GENERAL

  • Summary of European Commission Decisions on authorisations for the placing on the market for the use and/or for use of substances listed in Annex XIV to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the REACH (dibutyl phthalate)
  • Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/521 of 27.03.2019 amending, for the purposes of its adaptation to technical and scientific progress Regulation (EC) No 1272 /2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures
  • EU agreement on future research and innovation programme
  • Research: Commission invests €540 million to advance work of top scientists

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Financial Services (Solvency II) of 09.04.2019
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Financial Services (Motor Vehicle Insurance) of 24.04.2019
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Financial Services (Sustainable Finance - Taxonomy) of 09.04.2019
  • ESMA - Update on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU - preparations for a possible no-deal Brexit scenario on 12 April
  • ESMA updates its Q&AS on MiFID II and MiFIR investor protection and intermediaries
  • ESMA fines Fitch €5,132,500 for breaches of conflict of interest requirements
  • ESMA writes to the European Commission (EC) on MiFID II/MiFIR Review reports 

ENERGY

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Judgment of the Court of 28.03.2019 in Case C-60/18,Tallinna Vesi AS Vs. Keskkonnaamet, Keskkonnaministeerium
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Environment - Waste - Directive 2008/98/EC - Re-use and recovery of waste - Specific end-of-waste criteria for sewage sludge which has undergone recovery treatment - No defined criteria at EU or national level
  • Agenda for: Working Party on the Environment of 02-04.24.2019
  • Agenda for: 2nd meeting of Expert Group on Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCFEG) of 01.04.2019
  • Clean mobility: Commission welcomes EP adoption of new CO2 emission standards for cars and vans to reduce pollution and improve air quality
  • European Parliament seals ban on throwaway plastics by 2021 (See Commission Statement)

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCTS SAFETY

  • Minutes - 10th meeting of the Independent Advisory Panel on characterising flavours in tobacco products (12 February 2019)
  • A Europe that protects: framework contracts for pandemic influenza vaccines signed today 

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Commission welcomes EP's vote on new rules facilitating access to online TV and radio content across borders (Statement/19/1888 - Memo/19/1889

ECB, €URO & ECONOMY

FUTURE OF EUROPE & BREXIT

  • MPs fail to reach agreement on a Brexit plan B - Votes on plans for a referendum and a customs union gain most support - Financial Times
  • Tensions emerge between Dublin and Brussels over Irish border - EU directive on trade checks in event of no-deal Brexit causes strain in Ireland - Financial Times

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • EU must show unity in its relations with China - Little can be achieved when members put their own interests first - Financial Times