COMPETITION

STATE AID

  • State aid: Commission approves prolongation of Portuguese guarantee scheme on EIB lending - SA.53546 - Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Reference for a preliminary ruling from the First-tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) (United Kingdom) made on 26 February 2019 — Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Ltd Vs. Commissioners for Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (Case C-182/19)
    • Re: Classification under CN 3824, 3824 90 96; Regulation (EU) 2016/1140
  • WTO - Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of Dispute Settlement Body of 28 May 2019
  • DG Azevêdo calls for APEC members’ “continued support” in efforts to improve the WTO

INTERNAL MARKET, INDUSTRY & GENERAL

  • Agenda for: Council of the European Union (General affairs) of 21 May 2019
  • Agenda for: Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council of 22-23 May 2019 (See Background brief)
  • Decisions adopted by the European Commission by Written Procedure on 20 May 2019
  • Erasmus+: a turning point in the lives of 5 million European students (IP/19/2548)

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Financial Services
  • Ireland and Luxembourg warn of fund-manager site inspections - Brexit ‘winners’ will put UK and US asset managers under high level of scrutiny - Financial Times

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP): 57th session of the Working Group on Strategies and Review (WGSR 57) (Geneva, 21 - 24 May 2019) - EU Coordination
  • Towards a Global Pact for the Environment: Third substantive session of the ad hoc open-ended working group (AHOEWG) established pursuant to General Assembly resolution 72/277 (Nairobi, 20-22 May 2019) - EU coordination

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • The European system of tobacco traceability and security features operational as of today (See the Memo) - Midday Express
  • Minutes - 11th meeting of the Independent Advisory Panel on characterising flavours in tobacco products (15 March 2019)
  • Minutes - Technical briefing on the launch of the EU systems of tobacco traceability and security features (06 May 2019)

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 1999/62/EC on the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures - Progress report
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on rail passengers’ rights and obligations - Progress report

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Council conclusions on the synergies between Eurojust and the networks established by the Council in the area of judicial cooperation in criminal matters - Adoption
  • The way forward in the field of mutual recognition in criminal matters - Policy debate
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the Internal Security Fund - Partial general approach
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on European production and preservation orders for electronic evidence in criminal matters (Annexes) - general approach (supplement)

ECB & ECONOMY

  • Juncker Fund to mobilise almost €400 billion in investment after new projects approved - Midday Express
  • Extra-EU trade in goods by invoicing currency - Euro was the most used currency for EU exports and US dollars for EU imports in 2018 (Stat/19/2630)
  • Negative interest rates, excess liquidity and retail deposits: banks’ reaction to unconventional monetary policy in the euro area - ECB Working Paper Series No.2283
  • EME financial conditions: which global shocks matter? - ECB Working Paper Series No.2282

FUTURE OF EUROPE & BREXIT

  • Brexit wrangles intrude on EU job allocation - Financial Times
  • Europe’s political centre must prove its worth - No breakthrough is likely for insurgent radicals in EU elections - Financial Times
  • Europe’s nationalists in show of force ahead of elections - Supporters rally in Milan as hard right hopes for gains in European Parliament - Financial Times

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • Syria: EU renews sanctions against the regime by one year (See Regulation (EU) 2019/798 & Decision (CFSP) 2019/806 - Notice 1 & 2)
  • Cyber-attacks: Council is now able to impose sanctions (See Regulation (EU) 2019/796 & Decision (CFSP) 2019/797)
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the ACP-EU Council of Ministers as regards the delegation of powers to the ACP-EU Committee of Ambassadors on the decision to adopt transitional measures to extend the ACP-EU Partnership Agreement
  • Agenda for: EU Military Committee (EUMC), EU Chiefs of Defence of 21 May 2019
  • Appeal brought on 21 February 2019 by Syriatel Mobile Telecom (Joint Stock Company) against the judgment of the General Court of 12 December 2018 in Case T-411/16 Syriatel Mobile Telecom Vs. Council (Case C-159/19 P)
  • European Union marks the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development - (See the Statement)
  • Western Balkans and Turkey: Joint conclusions of the economic and financial dialogue of 17 May 2019
  • Answer given by Ms Mogherini to a MEP written question - Trade in gold between Turkey and Venezuela