COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.8785 - The Walt Disney Company/Twenty-First Century Fox)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9305 - Sev.en Energy/Huaneng-Yudean/InterGen)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9329 - TDR Capital/NKD Group)
  • Antitrust: Commission accepts commitments by Mastercard and Visa to cut inter-regional interchange fees (IP/19/2311 - AT 39398 (Visa) and AT 40049 (Mastercard))
  • Commission clears acquisition of control over Pondus by Swiss Life and Montagu (M.9344) - Midday Express 29.04.2019
  • Commission clears acquisition of Gdansk Port Holdings by PFR, IFM Investors and PSA (M.9310) - Midday Express 29.04.2019
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control of DirectRoute (Fermoy) by 3i, TIIC Management and Aberdeen Infrastructure (M.9271) - Midday Express 29.04.2019
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control of DirectRoute (Limerick) by 3i, TIIC Management and Meridiam (M.9272) - Midday Express 29.04.2019
  • Commission clears creation of joint venture by Aberdeen and Investcorp  (M.9346) - Midday Express 29.04.2019
  • Bundeskartellamt - CTS Eventim AG & Co. KGaA, Bremen prohibited from acquiring shares in Four Artists Booking Agentur GmbH and Four Artists Events GmbH - Case Summary
  • Bundeskartellamt clears merger between PONS and Langenscheidt

STATE AID

  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Tradable phosphate rights and State aid decision SA.46349

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the accession of Solomon Islands to the Interim Partnership Agreement between the European Community, of the one part, and the Pacific States, of the other part (See the Annex) - as adopted on 29.04.2019
  • Guide on geographical indications in Canada - a practical business guide - Updated April 2019
  • Answer given by Ms Malmström to a MEP written question - Human rights violations in Pakistan - against GSP regulations
  • Answer given by Mr Hogan to a MEP written question - Tomato exports from Ukraine 
  • Make EU trade with Brazil sustainable - see the Letter by Jennifer Sills
  • Vietnam expects to sign free trade pact with EU by end-June
  • China, the US and trade in a dog-eat-dog world - An agreement between the world’s two biggest economies would sideline the WTO - Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET, INDUSTRY & GENERAL

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • EBA publishes clarifications to a third set of issues raised by its Working Group on APIs under PSD2
  • ESMA updates publication schedule for transparency calculations in May and June 2019
  • ESMA - Summary of Conclusions Board of Supervisors meeting 30 January 2019
  • EU's banking watchdog under fire for ditchuing Danske sandal probe - Financial Times

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

ENERGY

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Draft act: Commission Delegated Directive (EU) …/… of xxx amending, for the purposes of adapting to scientific and technical progress, Annex III to Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards an exemption for lead in solders used in certain combustion engines - Feedback period: 25.04.2019 - 23.05.2019
  • Draft act: Commission Delegated Directive (EU) …/… of xxx amending, for the purposes of adapting to scientific and technical progress, Annex III to Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards an exemption for bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) in certain rubber components used in engine systems - Feedback period: 25.04.2019 - 23.05.2019
  • Council Decision (EU) 2019/668 of 15 April 2019 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union at the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties as regards the listing of certain chemicals in Annex III to the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade

DATA PROTECTION & CYBERSECURITY

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  •  The future of EU substantive criminal law - Draft report by the Presidency

ECB & ECONOMY

  • Credit rating dynamics: evidence from a natural experiment - ECB Working Paper Series No.2274
  • Unemployment in the EU regions in 2018 - Unemployment rates in the EU regions ranged from 1.3% to 35.1% - Unemployment rates fell in 8 out of 10 EU regions
  • Fourth quarter of 2018 - Household real income per capita up in the euro area and in the EU28 - Real consumption per capita stable in the euro area and up in the EU28
  • What drives national implementation of EU policy recommendations? - Bruegel Working Paper
  • The unbreakable, unsustainable eurozone - Without an ECB to do the heavy lifting in the next crisis, real reform will be needed - Financial Times
  • Brexit threatens pound’s status as global currency - Financial Times

FUTURE OF EUROPE & BREXIT

  • Joint Statement from The Interparliamentary Forum on Brexit
  • EU students to pay more in England under Brexit plan - Government accused of hobbling universities with proposal to charge full fees to students from bloc - Financial Times
  • Belgian PM seeks common EU vision to counter populisam - Financial Times

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the Joint Committee established by the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of the Philippines, of the other part as regards the adoption of decisions on the rules of procedure of the Joint Committee and of the terms of reference of the specialised sub-committees (See the Annex) as adopted on 29.04.2019
  • EU releases €1.5 million in immediate assistance after cyclone Kenneth hits Mozambique and Comoros (IP/19/2297)
  • EU hosts annual meeting of the international donor coordination group in support of the Palestinian economy - Midday Express 29.04.2019