COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9333 - H&F/Blackstone/Scout 24)
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competition of 06.05.2019
  • Commission clears acquisition of the Walterscheid Powertrain business by OEP Capital Advisors (M.9347) - Midday Express 25.04.2019
  • CMA refers Ecolab / Holchem merger to a Phase 2 investigation
  • Romania - The Competition Council authorized the take over of Finsair Corporation by II-VI Incorporated
  • Slovakia - Council of AMO SR upheld a fine for the undertaking VEREX HOLDING, a.s., for the submission of false information

STATE AID

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the EU-CTC Joint Committee established by the Convention of 20 May 1987 on a common transit procedure as regards amendments to that Convention - see the Annex
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) of 15 April 2019 concerning the classification of certain goods in the Combined nomenclature
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/648 of 15 April 2019 repealing Implementing Regulation (EU) No.113/2014 concerning the classification of certain goods in the Combined nomenclature
  • Regulation (EU) 2019/632 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 April 2019 amending Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 to prolong the transitional use of means other than the electronic data-processing techniques provided for in the Union Customs Code - Statement of the Commission 
  • Expert group on trade agreements meets to discuss global e-commerce and the EU's trade relationship with Africa - Midday Express 25.04.2019

FINANCIAL SERVICES

TAXATION

  • Agenda for: Code of Conduct Group (Business Taxation) - Subgroup on third and fourth criteria and Subgroup on third countries of 06.05.2019
  • €428 billion in taxes generated by motor vehicles in EU-15, new figures show - See ACEA Statement & Tax Guide

ENERGY

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Commission Expert Group on the Implementation of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive (91/271/EEC) of 15.05.2019
  • NGOs react to European Commission letter that tries to justify toxic chemicals in children’s toys and other products made of recycled plastics - see NGO report

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Draft - Commission Regulation (EU) …/… amending Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 1925/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards trans fat, other than trans fat naturally occurring in fat of animal origin - see the Annex, the Impact Assessment (Part.1,2,3,4,5,6) and its Summary, the Opinion of the Board
  • Answer given by V.P. Katainen to a MEP written question - Prohibited pesticides in food imported from third countries into the EU
  • Answer given by V.p. Katainen to a MEP written question - Shortages of medicines

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Answer given by Ms Jourova to a MEP written question - Robotic vacuum cleaners that use cameras to collect data that can be resold

AREA OF JUSTICE SECURITY JUSTICE

  • Asylum decisions in the EU - EU Member States granted protection to more than 300 000 asylum seekers in 2018 - Almost 30% of the beneficiaries were Syrians

€URO, ECB & ECONOMY

  • Europe 2020 employment indicators - Employment rate of people aged 20 to 64 in the EU reached a new peak at 73.2% in 2018

FUTURE OF EUROPE & BREXIT

  • Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community
  • Council Decision (EU) 2019/642 of 13 April 2019 amending Decision (EU) 2019/274 on the signing, on behalf of the European Union and of the European Atomic Energy Community, of the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community
  • Yes, we should! EU priorities for 2019-2024 - EPC Paper - Issue 24 - April 2019
  • UK-Swiss transitional migration arrangements for a no deal scenario
  • The dangerous allure of a fudged Brexit - Financial Times
  • Brexit stirs Scottish call for new independence vote - Wall Street Journal

FOREIGN AFFAIRS