COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration
    • (Case M.9175 - Total/Chevron Denmark)
    • (Case M.9253 - Mercuria/Aegean)
  • Prior notification of a concentration
    • (Case M.9271 - 3i Group/TIIC Management/Aberdeen Infrastructure/DirectRoute (Fermoy))
    • (Case M.9272 - 3i Group/TIIC Management/Meridiam Infrastructure Finance/DirectRoute (Limerick))
    • (Case M.9310 - PFR/IFM/PSA/DCT)
  • Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to BMW, Daimler and VW for restricting competition on emission cleaning technology (IP/19/2008)
  • Commission sends Statements of Objections to Valve and five videogame publishers on “geo-blocking” of PC video games (IP/19/2010)
  • Commission clears acquisition of Dolphin TopCo by GTCR and Apax Partners (M.9334) - Midday Express 05.04.2015
  • EU antitrust crackdown on Big Tech urges - Financial Times 05.04.2019
  • CMA launched merger inquiry in the acquisition by Core Assets Group Limited of Partnership in Children’s Services Limited
  • Germany - Hospital operators in Schleswig-Holstein and Cologne withdraw merger notifications in two cases after Bundeskartellamt expresses concerns

STATE AID

  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU - Cases where the Commission raises no objections - OJ C 127, 05.04.2019 p.1 & 9
  • State Aid Weekly e-News - No.13/19 - Covers from 29 March to 4 April 2019

TRADE & CUSTOMS

INTERNAL MARKET

  • Agenda for: Council of the EU (GeneralAffairs) of 08.04.2019
  • Minutes of: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1) of 18 & 20.03.2019
  • 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 (Chromium trioxide)
  • Commission study shows cultural and creative sectors face continued funding gap, while Creative Europe's support for SMEs proves to be successful (See the Factsheet)

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESMA has adopted new recognition decisions for the three UK CCPs and the UK CSD in the event of a no-deal Brexit on 12 April
  • ESMA seeks candidate for its Stakeholder Group

TAXATION

  • EP resolution of 4.04.2019 on tax treatment of pension products, including the pan European Personal Pension Product (Memo/19/1993)
  • Answer given by Mr. Moscovici to a MEP written question - Differences in turnover tax declaration obligations in the EU Member States - still unresolved
  • Answer given by Mr. Moscovici to a MEP written question -Tobacco Directive and minimum tax threshold
  • Answer given by Mr. Moscovici to a MEP written question -Reduction of VAT on electricity in Portugal

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

ENERGY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Energy of 09.04.2019
  • EP legislative resolution of 4.04.2019 on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2009/73/EC concerning common rules for the internal market in natural gas

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: 33rd Meeting of the CEG on implementation of the Rotterdam Convention on international trade in certain dangerous chemicals of 09.04.2019
  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Synergies / Int. Chemicals) of 12.04.2019
  • Environmental Implementation Review: Commission helps Member States to better apply EU environment rules to protect citizens and enhance their quality of life (IP/19/1934)
  • Almost all car makers met their 2017 CO2 emission targets on new sales, but overall progress towards the 2021 targets is insufficient - See EEA Statement
  • EBB Position on the EU Long-Term Strategy “Clean Planet for All”

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCTS SAFETY

  • Agenda for: PAFF Committee - Section: "General food law" of 08.04.2019
  • Protecting European consumers: toys and cars on top of the list of dangerous products (IP/19/1992, Q&A: Memo/19/1998, Speech by  Commissioner Jourová & See Beuc Statement)
  • Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report - Report 14 ( Published on: 05/04/2019)
  • Profile of socio-economic inequalities in alcohol, nutrition and physical activity: country fiches for Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Slovenia, Cyprus, Ireland and Latvia – HEPP: Maintaining a focus on health inequalities

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Commission Recommendation (EU) 2019/553 of 03.04.2019 on cybersecurity in the energy sector
  • Personal data protection achievements during the legislative term 2014-2019: the role of the European Parliament - Briefing - EP LIBE Committee - April 2019
  • EDPS Opinion regarding the participation in the negotiations in view of a Second Additional Protocol to the Budapest Cybercrime Convention - Opinion 3/2019
  • Facebook finally learns to love privacy rules - Financial Times 05.04.2015

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY  & JUSTICE

  • Agenda for: 27th Standing Committee on Precursors of 15.04.2019
  • International Roma Day: Statement by First VP Frans Timmermans and Commissioners Johannes Hahn, Marianne Thyssen, Vĕra Jourová, Corina Creţu

ECB, €URO  & ECONOMY

  • Eurogroup statement on the updated draft budgetary plan of Luxembourg for 2019
  • Eurogroup statement on Greece of 5 April 2019
  • EU debates how to move on Macron euro budget plans - Purpose of budget unclear to some after ambitions have been revised down - Financial Times 05.04.2019
  • Fragile banking system spurs ECB rethink on negatives rates - Financial Times 05.04.2015
  • EU debates how to move on Macron euro budget plans - Purpose of budget unclear to some after ambitions have been revised down - Financial Times 05.04.2019

FUTURE OF EUROPE & BREXIT

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • Agenda for: Council of the European Union (Foreign Affairs) of 08.04.2019
  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain third countries concerning restrictive measures against ISIL (Da'esh) and Al-Qaeda and persons, groups, undertakings and entities associated with them
  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain third countries concerning restrictive measures against Belarus
  • EU Trust Fund for Africa: €115.5 million to enhance security, migrant protection and job creation in the Sahel region (IP/19/1890)