COMPETITION 

  • Judgment of the Court of 03.04.2019 in Case C-617/17, Powszechny Zakład Ubezpieczeń na Życie S.A. Vs. Prezes Urzędu Ochrony Konkurencji i Konsumentów
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Competition - Article 82 EC - Abuse of dominant position - Regulation (EC) No 1/2003 - Article 3 (1) - Application of national competition law - Decision of the national competition authority imposing a fine on the basis of national law and a fine on that of Union law - Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union - Article 50 - Ne bis in idem principle - Applicability
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9347 - OEP/WP Group)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration
    • (Case M.8492 - Quaker/Global Houghton) 
    • (Case M.8950 - BASF DOM Business/Solenis/JV)
    • (Case M.9149 - Apollo Management/Aspen Insurance Holdings)
    • (Case M.9225 - MML Capital Partners/Macquarie Group/Peggy Holdco)
  • Speech by Margrethe Vestager on finding the right European industrial strategy
  • CMA decides to proceed with second investigation in musical instruments and equipment sector
  • CMA updates administrative timetable in PayPal Holdings / iZettle merger investigation
  • Poland - BP Europe is facing antitrust objections by UOKiK in taking over some of the assets belonging to Arge Paliwa and Arge Nieruchomości

STATE AID

  • Opinion of Advocate General Tanchev of 04.03.2019 in Case C-654/17 P, Bayerische Motoren Werke Vs. Commission and Freistaat Sachsen
    Re: Appeal - Regional aid to large investment projects - Aid granted by Germany for a project by BMW for the manufacturing of electric cars in Leipzig - Decision declaring the aid measure incompatible in part with the internal market - Proportionality of the aid - Regulation (EC) No 800/2008 - Intervention before the General Court

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Communication in accordance with Article 34(7)(a)(iii) of Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council, on decisions relating to binding information issued by the customs authorities of the Member States concerning the classification of goods in the customs nomenclature
  • Answer given by Ms Malmström to a MEP written question - GSP+ and workers' rights in Pakistan
  • Answer given by the Council to a MEP written question - Mandate for a multilateral investment court
  • Trade Defence Statistics covering 2018
  • WTO - Global trade growth loses momentum as trade tensions persist - (See also Remarks by DG Azevedo) - Financial Times 03.04.2019
  • WTO - Egypt launches safeguard investigation on semi-finished products of iron or non-alloy steel and steel rebar for construction purposes 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

TAXATION

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues(UNECE CLRTAP) of 10.04.2019 & (Basel Convention) of 11.04.2019
  • Minutes of the CEG on EU Timber Regulation and the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Regulation of 14.02.2019
  • Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment - Outcome of the EP's first reading, (Strasbourg, 25 to 28 March 2019)

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCTS SAFETY

  • Answer given Ms Bienkovska by to a MEP written question - Baby nappies found to contain dangerous chemicals
  • Answer given by V.P. Katainen to a MEP written question - Reducing the use of snus
  • EFSA - Dedicated support for small and medium-sized enterprises
  • EFSA - Final Report: Applying a tested procedure for the identification of potential emerging chemical risks in the food chain to the substances registered under REACH – REACH 2

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET  & INFORMATION SOCIETY

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Minutes of the 1st Meeting of the Committee on Dispute Resolution on 21.03.2019
  • Rule of Law: The Commission opens a debate to strengthen the rule of law in the EU (IP/19/1912, Factsheet & Communication
  • European Citizens' Initiative: Commission registers ‘Respect for the rule of law' initiative (IP/19/1937)
  • Rule of Law: European Commission launches infringement procedure to protect judges in Poland from political control (IP/19/1957)
  • Commission and Council of Europe support justice, governance and fundamental rights reforms in Member States - Midday Express 03.04.2019

ECB, €URO & ECONOMY

FUTURE OF EUROPE & BREXIT

  • Brexit preparedness: Customs authorities in the EU ready and prepared for ‘no-deal' scenario - Midday Express 03.04.2019
  • Visa free travel after Brexit: Council and European Parliament reach agreement
  • UK and EEA EFTA states sign agreement to protect citizens’ rights
  • Government failing to fully support local authorities to prepare for Brexit – urgent action needed - See the full report "Brexit and Local Government"
  • EU draws up strict conditions for Brexit extension - Bloc could demand ‘gentleman’s agreement’ to limit UK actions while a member state - Financial Times 03.04.2019
  • Emmanuel Macron sees no-deal Brexit ahead - French president says UK needs ‘credible’ plan backed by parliament before April 10 - Financial Times 03.04.2019
  • Dublin rules out no-deal checks on Irish goods in EU ports - Deputy Irish premier said Dublin has stepped up no-deal discussions with Brussels - Financial Times 03.04.2019

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • Libya: EU to provide €6 million in humanitarian assistance (IP/19/1955)