COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration
    • (Case M.9130 - Société Générale/Commerzbank EMC Business)
  • Prior notification of a concentration
    • (Case M.9311 - Berry/RPC)
    • (Case M.9288 - CACF/BBPM/Agos Ducato/ProFamily)
  • Commission publishes Special Advisers' report on competition policy and digitisation
  • ESA discontinues e-payments competition investigation in Norway
  • CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry in the anticipated acquisition by Visa International Service Association of Earthport plc.
  • Poland - UOKiK will inspect relationship between sports associations and betting companies

STATE AID

  • ESA: Leangbukten Båtforenings Andelslag does not receive state aid

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Customs Union of 09.04.2019
  • WTO - Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of Dispute Settlement Body on 11 April 2019
  • WTO: 5th Trade Policy Review: Bangladesh on 3 and 5 April 2019

INTERNAL MARKET, INDUSTRY & GENERAL

  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down rules on the making available on the market of CE marked fertilising products and amending Regulations (EC) No 1069/2009 and (EC) No 1107/2009 - Outcome of the EP's first reading, (Strasbourg, 25 to 28 March 2019)
  • 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 - 1,2-dichloroethane
  • ECHA - Companies recommended to transfer registrations before the UK’s withdrawal - (ECHA/NR/19/16)
  • Investment Plan for Europe: €170m of financing for Romania’s students and smaller companies

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/544 of 3.04.2019 amending Implementing Decision (EU) 2018/2031 determining, for a limited period of time, that the regulatory framework applicable to central counterparties in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is equivalent, in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 648/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council
  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/545 of 3.04.2019 amending Implementing Decision (EU) 2018/2030 determining, for a limited period of time, that the regulatory framework applicable to central securities depositories of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is equivalent in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 909/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council
  • Speech by Steven Maijoor at Better Finance 10th Anniversary Conference
  • ESMA issues first pan-EU overview of use of supervisory sanctions for UCITS (See First annual report)
  • ESMA - Key relevant provisions of the corporate or similar law of a Member State, under which securities are constituted
  • ESMA launches third EU-wide CCP stress test exercise
  • EBA centralises information on administrative sanctions or measures under AMLD4

TAXATION

ENERGY

  • Natural gas: Parliament extends EU rules to pipelines from non-EU countries - (see EP Statement)

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Judgment of the General Court of 04.04.2019 in Case T‑108/17, ClientEarth, Vs. European Commission, supported by European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
    Re: REACH - Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 - Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) - Request for internal review of a decision on marketing authorisation rejected as unfounded - Error of law - Manifest error of assessment - Article 10 of Regulation (EC) No 1367/2006
  • Agenda for: Working Party on the Environment of 09.04.2019
  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Global environmental aspects of sustainable development) of 05.04.2019
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP):
    - Fourth meeting of the Open-ended Committee of Permanent Representatives (OECPR-4) (Nairobi, 4-8 March 2019)
    - Fourth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) (Nairobi, 11-15 March 2019) = Statements by the EU and its Member States

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCTS SAFETY

  • Brexit preparedness: EU prepared for possible “no-deal” scenario in the area of public health and food safety - (See Speech by VP Katainen, EMA Q&A)
  • The ERN Board of Member States decided to pursue the consolidation of the ERNs in its meeting held in Brussels on 26th March 2019
  • The ERN Coordinators are getting ready for the challenges of enlarging the European Reference Networks
  • EFSA - Draft reference values for sodium and chloridehave your say

CONSUMER PROTECTION

  • Judgment of the Court of 03.04.2019 in Case C‑266/18, Aqua Med sp. z o.o. Vs. Irena Skóra
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Consumer protection - Directive 93/13/EEC - Unfair terms in consumer contracts - Article 1(2) - Scope of the directive - Contractual term conferring territorial jurisdiction on the court determined pursuant to the general rules - Article 6(1) - Review of unfairness of the court’s own motion - Article 7(1) - Obligations and powers of the national court

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Judgment of the Court of 04.04.2019 in Case C-501/17, Germanwings GmbH Vs. Wolfgang Pauels
    Re: Reference for preliminary ruling - Air transport - Regulation (EC) No 261/2004 - Article 5 (3) - Compensation for passengers in case of refusal embarkation and cancellation or long delay of a flight - Scope - Exemption from the obligation to pay compensation - Concept of "extraordinary circumstances" - Damage to a tire of an aircraft by a foreign object present on the runway of an airport
  • Road safety: Data show improvements in 2018 but further concrete and swift actions are needed (IP/19/1951 & Memo/19/1990)
  • Statement by Commissioner Bulc on European Parliament's vote on new rules for the road sector
  • Brexit preparedness: Commissioner Bulc presents preparations in the transport sector for possible “no-deal” Brexit scenario - Midday Express 04.04.2019

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • The EU invests in fast broadband for all in Italy (IP/19/1958)
  • Digital Single Market: Commission welcomes European Parliament's vote on new rules for sharing public sector data

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Council Implementing Decision setting out a Recommendation on addressing the deficiencies identified in the 2017 evaluation of Spain, in the 2018 evaluation of Finland & Switzerland on the application of the Schengen acquis in the field of data protection

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Secure ID cards and residence documents: Commission welcomes Parliament's vote (IP/19/1871 & Factsheet)
  • Schengen: MEPs adopt their position on temporary checks at national borders

ECB, €URO & ECONOMY

  • Eurogroup and informal ECOFIN meetings, 5 and 6 April 2019
  • Household saving rate nearly stable at 12.3% in the euro area - Household investment rate stable at 9.0%
  • Business investment rate up to 23.7% in the euro area - Business profit share nearly stable at 39.9%

FUTURE OF EUROPE & BREXIT

  • Statement by President Juncker on the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union at the European Parliament's plenary session
  • Brexit: reciprocal visa-free access for EU and UK nationals - (see the EP Statement)
  • Policy paper outlining the UK Government's action to protect the rights of UK nationals living in the EU.
  • Pros and cons of customs union membership - The case for and against tariff-free access to the EU is a major sticking point in the Brexit debate - Financial Times 04.04.2019
  • May takes huge gamble with Labour talks - PM risks Conservative party implosion by reaching out to man she called unfit to govern - Financial Times 04.04.2019
  • Goodbye EU, and goodbye the United Kingdom - The invented identity of ‘Britishness’ is unravelling as English nationalism takes hold - Financial Times 04.04.2019
  • The legal logistics of revoking Article 50 - Cancelling Brexit may not be quick or easy - Financial Times 04.04.2019

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • Judgment of the General Court of 04.04.2019 in Case T‑5/17, Ammar Sharif, Vs. Council of the European Union, supported by European Commission
    Re: CFSP - Restrictive measures against Syria - Freezing of funds - Rights of the defence - Right to effective judicial protection - Manifest error of assessment - Right to property - Proportionality - Damage to reputation
  • Agenda for: 16th meeting of the EU-Republic of Azerbaijan Cooperation Council - 04.04.2019
  • European, African, Caribbean and Pacific countries conclude second round of talks on a new ambitious partnership (IP/19/1931)
  • Union for the Mediterranean commits to tackling employment challenges in the Euro-Mediterranean region (IP/19/1837)
  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the decision to lift Juan Guaidó's parliamentary immunity in Venezuela