COMPETITION

  • Commission approves Nidec's acquisition of Embraco, subject to conditions (IP/19/2136 - M.8947)
  • Commission clears acquisition of sole control over Altamira by SoftBank (M.9290) - Midday Express 15.04.2019
  • Communication - Working Arrangements for the Functioning of the Advisory Committee on Restrictive Practices and Dominant Positions – See the annex
  • Germany - Duales System Holding have been warned that their merger plans face veto
  • CMA issues infringement decision in relation to cover bidding in the design, construction and fit-out services sector
  • CMA to refer Rentokil Initial / MPCL merger unless undertakings in lieu offered
  • CMA extends Phase 1 review of Anschutz Entertainment Group / Onex / Wildlife Holdings merger
  • CMA launches merger inquiry into Rheinmetall Defense UK Ltd / BAE Systems Global Combat Systems Ltd
  • European shopping sites sue Google for abuse of position - Foundem chief warns ‘tsunami of litigation’ will follow €2.4bn EU antitrust ruling – Financial Times 13-14.04.2019

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €5 billion Polish support for cogenerated electricity and surcharge reductions for large energy consumers; opens in-depth investigation into reductions in capacity mechanism surcharge (IP/19/2150 - SA.51192, SA.52530 and SA.51502)
  • Commission approves €54 million support for a waste-to-energy highly efficient cogeneration plant in Poland (SA.51614) - Midday Express 15.04.2015
  • Commission approves Irish scheme for renewable heat generation (SA.50807) - Midday Express 15.04.2015

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Economic Tariff Questions Group of 13.05.2019
  • Outcome of proceedings of the Trade Policy Committee (Full Members) meeting on 05.04.2019
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the EU, in the Working Group on Geographical indications set up by the FTA between the EU and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Korea, of the other part, as regards the adoption of its rules of procedure – See the Annex
  • EU-U.S. Trade: Commission welcomes Council's green light to start negotiations with the United States (IP/19/2148)
  • DG Trade - Stakeholder event on The modernised EU-Mexico Global Agreement - 20.05.2019
  • WTO establishes panel to review Turkish duties on Thai air conditioners
  • WTO’s Trade Policy Review Mechanism turns 30
  • Macron stands firm as France raises lone voice in EU - Paris set to cast the only vote against start of bloc’s trade talks with US – Financial Times 15.04.2019
  • A trade deal might help China’s needed reforms - The non-state sector, not state enterprises, should drive growth - Financial Times 15.04.2019
  • EU eyes tariffs on $12bn US exports in Boeing row - Brussels move comes after WTO ruled US group failed to comply with previous aid ruling – Financial Times 13-14.04.2019
  • Chinese premier says Beijing committed to free trade with Europe - Li Keqiang reaffirms links with central and eastern European states during Croatia summit – Financial Times 13-14.04.2019

INTERNAL MARKET, INDUSTRY & GENERAL

FINANCIAL SERVICES

TAXATION

  • Agenda for: 17th Meeting of Sub-Group on Automatic Exchange of Information (SG AEOI) of 13.05.2019

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

ENERGY

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Stricter CO2 emission standards for cars and vans signed off by the Council
  • Answer given by M. Vella to a MEP written question - Putting an economic value on the environment

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCTS SAFETY

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on respect for the rules-based order in cyberspace
  • Copyright reform clears final hurdle: Commission welcomes approval of modernised rules fit for digital age (IP/19/2151)
  • EU adopts new rules on sales contracts for goods and digital content
  • EU set to enhance cross-border access to online content
  • EU adjusts copyright rules to the digital age

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Commission expert group on the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 and Directive (EU) 2016/680 - Updated table LED transposition & Updated table GDPR implementation Member States – 11.04.2019
  • UK ICO - Data on new mothers and babies sold to third parties - Baby ‘goody bag’ provider Bounty fined for sharing records gleaned on NHS wards

TRANSPORT  & MOBILITY

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Protection of EU external borders. Achievements during the legislative term 2014-2019: the role of the European Parliament - Briefing - EP LIBE Committe
  • Safeguarding the Schengen Acquis. Achievements during the legislative term 2014-2019: the role of the European Parliament - Briefing - EP LIBE Committee

ECB, €URO & ECONOMY

FUTURE OF EUROPE & BREXIT

FOREIGN AFFAIRS