COMPETITION

  • Judgment of the General Court of 23 May 2019 in Case T‑222/17, Recylex SA, Fonderie et Manufacture de Métaux SA, Harz-Metall GmbH, Vs. European Commission
    Re: Competition - Agreements, decisions and concerted practices - Market for lead-acid car battery recycling - Decision finding an infringement of Article 101 TFEU - Coordination of purchase prices - Fines - Point 26 of the 2006 Leniency Notice - Point 37 of the Guidelines on the method of setting fines - Unlimited jurisdiction
  • Judgment of the General Court of 23 May 2019 in Case T‑370/17, KPN BV, Vs. European Commission, supported by VodafoneZiggo Group Holding BV, Vodafone Group plc, and Liberty Global Europe Holding BV
    Re: Competition - Concentrations - Netherlands market for television services and telecommunications services - Full-function joint venture - Decision declaring the concentration compatible with the internal market and the EEA Agreement - Commitments - Relevant market - Vertical effects - Manifest error of assessment - Duty to state reasons
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9323 - RheinEnergie/SPIE/TankE)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9328 - Platinum Equity Group/Multi-Color Corporation)
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control of Etix par Stoa, InfraVia, SBI and Tiger (M.9364) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control of joint venture by Kennedy Wilson and AXA (M.9339) - Midday Express
  • France - The Akka technologies Group is fined a total of 900 000 euros for obstructing the conduct of inspections made by the Autorité
  • Italy - ICA: authorised with remedies the concentration between Sky and R2 (a branch of Mediaset Premium)
  • Portugal - AdC opens in-depth investigation into the Grupo HPA Saúde / Hospital São Gonçalo de Lagos merger
  • UK CMA - Drug firms accused of illegal market sharing over anti-nausea tablets - Financial Times

STATE AID

  • Invitation to submit comments pursuant to Article 1(2) of Part I of Protocol 3 to the Agreement between the EFTA States on the Establishment of a Surveillance Authority and a Court of Justice on state aid issues - Decision No 032/19/COL of 16 April 2019 to open a formal investigation into potential state aid granted to Trondheim Spektrum AS (Case 83227)

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Customs Union Working Party of 27 May 2019
  • Agenda for: 621st meeting of the Export Credits Group of 04 June 2019
  • Agenda for: 27th meeting of the Customs Expert Group, Tariff and Statistical Nomenclature Section, HS/WCO Coordination Sector of 20 June 2019
  • General Scheme of preferences (GSP) - List of beneficiary countries as from 1 January 2019
  • WTO - India - Tariff Treatment on Certain Goods - Request to join consultations - Communication from the European Union
  • WTO - Trade Policy Review: Trinidad and Tobago of 22 & 24 May 2019
  • WTO members examine utilization of tariff preferences for LDCs, links to rules of origin
  • Speech by DG Azevêdo: Business community provides energy and ideas to help progress at WTO

INTERNAL MARKET, INDUSTRY & GENERAL

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1) of 24 May 2019
  • Indicative programme - Competitiveness Council of 27 and 28 May 2019
  • Improving compliance is ECHA's key priority
  • ECHA's May Newsletter online
  • ECHA - Agenda of the Meeting of the Committee for Risk Assessment of 4-7 June and 12-13 June 2019

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • EBA advises on the equivalence of supervisory and regulatory requirements for Argentina
  • ESMA appoints chair for its new Coordination Network on Sustainability

TAXATION

  • Opinion of Advocate General Bobek of 22 May 2019 in Case C‑329/18, Valsts ieņēmumu dienests Vs. SIA Altic
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Common system of value added tax (VAT) - Directive 2006/112/EC - Right to deduct VAT - Refusal - Supply by co-contractors involved in tax fraud - Duty of care of the taxable person - Relevance of compliance by the taxable person with sectorial obligations - Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 - Obligation of traceability - Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 - Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 - Registration of food business operators
  • Outcome of Proceedings - Aruba's Transparency regime (AW013) ‒ Final description and assessment

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Evaluation of the Common Agricultural Policy's impact on knowledge exchange and advisory activities - Roadmap

ENERGY

  • Opinion of advocate General Tanchev of 22 May 2019 in Case C‑236/18 GRDF SA Vs. Eni Gas & Power France SA, Direct énergie, Commission de régulation de l’énergie, Procureur général près la cour d’appel de Paris
    Re: Directive 2009/73/EC concerning common rules for the internal market in natural gas - Obligations of distribution system operators - Article 41 of Directive 2009/73 - Effect in time of decisions of dispute settlement authorities - Principles of effectiveness and equivalence - Legal certainty and legitimate expectations)

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Information note to the Council on the state of play of the Rapid Alert System for dangerous non-food products

DATA PRIVACY

  • Speaking points by Commissioner Jourová on the occasion of the first anniversary of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Ireland - Data Protection Commission opens statutory inquiry into Google Ireland Limited - Tech group accused of illegally tapping into sensitive information such as race and health - Financial Times

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Coordinating Committee in the area of police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters (CATS) - Summary of Discussions
  • Draft Council Conclusions on Novel Actionable Information - Adoption

ECB & ECONOMY

FUTURE OF EUROPE & BREXIT

  • Prime Minister sets out 'ten point offer' on Brexit deal in statement to MPs
  • Closing note of the European Ombudsman (SI/3/2017/KR) on the Strategic Initiative with the Council of the EU on the transparency of the negotiations on the UK withdrawal from the EU ('Brexit')
  • EU parliament will seek to dictate Brussels’ priorities - MEPs want to set out commission’s key policies for the next five years - Financial Times
  • Brexit booster gains headway as May’s days are numbered - Wall Street Journal

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • Agenda for: Foreign Relations Counsellors of 27 May 2019
  • New ACP-EU Partnership: Chief negotiators assess progress made and move talks on to next stage (IP/19/2673)
  • America and Europe are more similar than they think - If we fail to notice the commonalities, it is because of diplomatic froideur - Financial Times