COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.8941 - EQT/Widex/JV)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9334 - GTCR/Apax Partners/Dolphin TopCo)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9284 - BillerudKorsnäs Venture/ALPLA Holding/ecoXpac)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9326 - Saudi Aramco/Total Marketing/Sahel)
  • France: « high living costs» in the French overseas departments and regions. In an opinion issued at the request of the French government, the Autorité examines the price increase system of notaries and court bailiffs in the overseas departments and regions.
  • France: Dawn raids. The General Rapporteur of the Autorité de la concurrence indicates that unannounced inspections have been carried out in the wine and spirits sector.
  • Germany: Sector inquiry on comparison websites - Bundeskartellamt wants to terminate infringements of consumer rights and demands new competences
  • CMA has provisionally found that Casio has broken competition law by restricting retailer freedom to discount online.
  • CMA announces decision to proceed with investigation into Atlantic Joint Business Agreement

STATE AID

  • Judgment of the Court of 12.04.2019 in Case T-492/15, Deutsche Lufthansa Vs. European Commission
    Re: annulment of decision of the European Commission of 1 October 2014 in Case SA.21121 (C 29/2008) (ex NN 54/2007) - Flughafen Hahn and Ryanair (Embargo 15.00 CET)
  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU - Cases where the Commission raises no objections - OJ C 137, 12.04.2019 p.1 & 4
  • Commission approves €150 million aid scheme for households affected by reallocation of television spectrum in Spain (SA.51079) - Midday Express 12.04.2019
  • State Aid Weekly e-News - No.14/19 - Covers from 5 to 11 April 2019

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Answer given by V.P. Mogherini to a MEP written question - Infringement of dual-use export restrictions to Russia
  • WTO - SCM Committee - Subsidies - European Union - New and full notification pursuant to article XVI:1 of the GATT 1994 and article 25 of the Agreement on subsidies and countervailing measures - Addendum
  • WTO - Appellate Body issues report regarding Korean restrictions on Japanese food imports (See Findings & Conclusions)
  • Tough words from EU on China trade but its weapons are weak - Brussels’ actions remain slow and subject to internal divisions despite its defiant vocabulary - Financial Times 12.04.2019
  • Brussels paves way for trade talks with Washington - EU move boosts efforts to avert trade war with US - Financial Times 12.04.2019

INTERNAL MARKEYT & INDUSTRY

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

  • Opinion of the Advocate General M. G. Pitruzella of 11.04. 2019 in Case C-688/17, Bayer Pharma AG Vs. Richter Gedeon Vegyeszeti Gyar Nyrt., Exeltis Magyarország Gyógyszerkereskedelmi Kft.
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Intellectual property - Patents - Directive 2004/48 / EC - Concept of "appropriate compensation" - Injury caused by provisional measures requested for the protection of a patent subsequently canceled - Placing on the market of products without delay cancellation of a patent

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Judgment of the Court of 11.042019 in Case C‑295/18, Mediterranean Shipping Company (Portugal) - Agentes de Navegação SA Vs. Banco Comercial Português SA, Caixa Geral de Depósitos SA
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Payment services in the internal market - Directive 2007/64/EC - Articles 2 and 58 - Scope - Payment service user - Meaning - Execution of a direct-debit payment order issued by a third party in respect of an account of which that party is not the holder - No authorisation from the holder of the debited account - Unauthorised payment transactions

TAXATION

  • Judgment of the Court of 11.04.2019 in Case C-638/17, Valstybinė mokesčių inspekcija prie Lietuvos Respublikos finansų ministerijos,Vs. ‘Skonis ir kvapas’ UAB,
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Structure and rates of excise duty applied to manufactured tobacco - Directive 2011/64/EU - Article 4(1)(a) - Concept of ‘cigars or cigarillos’ - Rolls of tobacco with an outer wrapper of natural tobacco which is partially covered by an additional paper layer
  • List of competent authorities according to Article 26 of Directive 2014/40/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

ENERGY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Energy of 16.04.2019

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Minutes of the Expert Group meeting on Waste (WEEE) of 08.02.2019

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCTS SAFETY

  • Commission launches portal to ease transition to new Regulations on medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices
  • Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report - Report 15 ( Published on: 12/04/2019)

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 1071/2009 and Regulation (EC) No 1072/2009 with a view to adapting them to developments in the sector - Four column table & Outcome of the EP's first reading, (Brussels, 3 to 4 April 2019)
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 561/2006 as regards on minimum requirements on maximum daily and weekly driving times, minimum breaks and daily and weekly rest periods and Regulation (EU) 165/2014 as regards positioning by means of tachographs - Outcome of the EP's first reading, (Brussels, 3 to 4 April 2019)
  • Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2006/22/EC as regards enforcement requirements and laying down specific rules with respect to Directive 96/71/EC and Directive 2014/67/EU for posting drivers in the road transport sector - Outcome of the EP's first reading, (Brussels, 3 to 4 April 2019)

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Agenda for: Justice & Home Affairs - Foreign Relations Counsellors (JAI-RELEX) Working Party of 03.05.2019
  • Common European Asylum System: achievements during the legislative term 2014-2019 - Briefing - EP LIBE Committee
  • EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey: third annual report shows continued vital and tangible support for refugees and their host communities (IP/19/2091)

DATA PROTECTION

  • Speech by European Commissioner Vera Jourová on the EU-US digital cooperation : a common response to tech challenges at the Brookings Institute
  • Answer given by Ms Jourova to a MEP written question - Dark patterns and other misleading options on websites

ECB, €URO & ECONOMY

FUTURE OF EUROPE & BREXIT

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/595 of 11 April 2019 amending Regulation (EC) No 1635/2006 laying down detailed rules for the application of Council Regulation (EEC) No 737/90 by reason of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the Union
  • Regulation (EU) 2019/592 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 10 April 2019 amending Regulation (EU) 2018/1806 listing the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement, as regards the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Union
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/585 of 11 April 2019 amending Regulation (EU) No 206/2010 as regards the inclusion of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and certain of its Crown Dependencies in the lists of third countries, territories or parts thereof authorised for the introduction into the Union of certain animals and fresh meat 
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/586 of 11 April 2019 amending Part 1 of Annex I to Commission Regulation (EC) No 798/2008 as regards the inclusion of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and certain of its Crown Dependencies in the list of third countries, territories, zones or compartments authorised for the introduction into the Union of consignments of poultry and poultry products
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/587 of 11 April 2019 amending Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 119/2009 as regards the inclusion of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and certain of its Crown Dependencies in the list of third countries or parts thereof authorised for the introduction into the Union of consignments of meat of wild leporidae, of certain wild land mammals and of farmed rabbits
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/588 of 11 April 2019 amending Annex I to Regulation (EU) No 605/2010 as regards the inclusion of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and certain of its Crown Dependencies in the list of third countries or parts thereof authorised for the introduction into the Union of consignments of raw milk, dairy products, colostrum and colostrum-based products intended for human consumption
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/589 of 11 April 2019 amending Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 1251/2008 as regards the inclusion of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and certain of its Crown Dependencies in the list of third countries, territories, zones or compartments authorised for the introduction into the European Union of consignments of aquaculture animals
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/590 of 11 April 2019 amending Annex I to Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/659 as regards the inclusion of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and certain of its Crown Dependencies in the list of third countries and parts of the territory of third countries from which the entry into the Union of live equidae and semen, ova and embryos of equidae is authorised
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/591 of 11 April 2019 amending Annex V to Regulation (EC) No 136/2004 as regards the inclusion of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and certain of its Crown Dependencies in the list of third countries authorised for the introduction into the Union of consignments of hay and straw

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • Declaration by the High Representative Federica Mogherini on behalf of the EU on the situation in Libya