COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9324 - ALSO/ABC Data)
  • Antitrust: Commission fines AB InBev €200 million for restricting cross-border sales of beer (IP/19/2488 & AT.40134)
  • Commission opens in-depth investigation into Telia Company's proposed acquisition of Bonnier Broadcasting (IP/19/2474 - M.9064)
  • Commission clears the creation of a joint venture by Tenaris and Severstal (M.9304) - Midday Express 13 May 2019
    Commission clears acquisition of joint control over Cadent by Macquarie, China Investment Corporation, Allianz, Dalmore, and INPP (M.9296) - Midday Express 13 May 2019
  • Speech by Margrethe Vestager on "competition and the rule of law"
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Monitoring rail competition
  • CMA to refer Send For Help / SoloProtect merger unless undertakings in lieu offered
  • CMA secures competition disqualification undertakings in design, construction and fit-out services cartel investigation
  • CMA has decided that the anticipated acquisition by Visa International Service Association of Earthport plc does not qualify for investigation under the merger provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002
  • CMA - Merger inquiry outcome statistics - Statistics showing the outcomes of merger inquiries examined under the Enterprise Act 2002
  • Thyssenkrupp scraps Tata deal after Brussels pressure - German group’s shares jump 27 per cent but UK unions warn on future of steelworks - Financial Times

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Economic Tariff Questions Group of 11 & 12 June 2019
  • Answer given by Ms Malmström to a MEP written question - Ratification and implementation of the Paris Agreement as a precondition for trade agreements
  • Answer given by Ms Malmström to a MEP written question - Situation of EU banana producers
  • Malaysian minister: ‘Palm oil is a deal-braker for EU-ASEAN trade relations’ by Euractiv
  • EU needs unified stand to conclude BIT with China - Bilaterals.org

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Preparation of the Council (Competitiveness (Internal Market, Industry, Research and Space)) 27-28 May 2019 European Space Policy - Preparation of the Space CouncilPolicy debate
  • Preparation of the Competitiveness Council on 27 May 2019 Conclusions on an EU Industrial Policy Strategy: A Vision for 2030 - Adoption
  • Decisions adopted by the Commission by Written Procedure on 13 May 2019

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Draft - Commission delegated Regulation (EU) …/... amending Directive (EU) 2016/97 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to regulatory technical standards adapting the base euro amounts for professional indemnity insurance and for financial capacity of insurance and reinsurance intermediaries
  • ESMA issues two positive opinions on national product intervention measures
  • How Mifid II hurts European investment banking - The EU’s financial rules are an act of regulatory self-harm - Financial Services
  • Banks look for closure in EU benchmark probe - Financial Times
  • The Brexit effect: private equity turns to Europe - Confusion over the means and timing of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU is raising questions about the value of deals - Financial Times

TAXATION

  • Commission publishes a study on domestic and cross border intra-EU VAT refunds

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Agenda for: Council of the EU (Agriculture and Fisheries) of 14 May 2019
  • Minutes of the Special Committee on Agriculture of 06 May 2019

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/... of 6 March 2019 supplementing Directive 2003/87/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards measures adopted by the ICAO for the monitoring, reporting and verification of aviation emissions for the purpose of implementing a global market-based measure - Exchange of views
  • Commissioner Vella opens Green Week 2019 today with a focus on implementing environmental laws - Midday Express 13 May 2019
  • Leaked EU report boosts case for jet fuel tax - Sector’s carbon emissions would be cut by 11% but have only a ‘negligible’ impact on employment - Financial Times

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Minutes - Technical briefing on the launch of the EU systems of tobacco traceability and security features (06 May 2019)
  • EU Health Award 2019: the "Questions and Answers" document has been updated

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Digital Single Market: Cheaper calls to other EU countries as of 15 May (IP/19/2429 & Memo/19/2430)
  • Report on the implementation of the open internet access provisions of Regulation (EU) 2015/2120

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Decision of the Bureau of the European Parliament of 3 April 2019 on the implementing rules on the restriction of certain data subject rights in relation to the transfer of personal data by the European Parliament to national authorities in the context of criminal or financial investigations

ECB & ECONOMY

  • Presidency non-paper: Way forward on the EMU architecture
  • Progress Report on the Action Plan on Economic, Monetary and Financial Statistics for Candidate Countries 2019
  • Council conclusions on the implementation of EU Macro-Regional Strategies - Adoption
  • ECB contender says it must work harder to woo public - Villeroy de Galhau: Better communication needed to keep trust in euro - Financial Times

FUTURE OF EUROPE  & BREXIT

  • The 2019 European Parliamentary elections and the future of the European project - OpenEurope
  • German business urges voters to resist populists - Pro-EU cheerleading reflects alarm over nationalism and threat to single market - Financial Services

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals across the world: The 2019 Joint Synthesis Report of the European Union and its Member States - Staff Working Document
  • EUAM Ukraine: Council extends mission and approves budget increase
  • Remarks by H.R./V.P. Federica Mogherini upon arrival to the Foreign Affairs Council (Iran and JCPOA implementation)
  • First Joint Committee under the European Union-Viet Nam Comprehensive Partnership and Cooperation Framework Agreement
  • Ebola: EU provides further €5 million in humanitarian aid in Democratic Republic of Congo (IP/19/2475)
  • Nuclear options - EU countries face a deadline to save a deal with Tehran that neither party wants to lose - Financial Times
  • US rift with Europe widens ahead of Orban visit - Donald Trump resets relations with America’s traditional allies in the EU - Financial Times