COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9365 — EPPL/APG/KRC/citizenM)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9319 — DP World/P&O Group)
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control over Appriss by Clearlake and Insight (M.9375) - Midday Express
  • Bundeskartellamt launches sector inquiry into user reviews
  • CMA serves initial enforcement order in Bottomline Technologies (de), Inc / Experian Limited merger
  • CMA consults on draft Sainsbury's and Asda Merger Inquiry Order 2019
  • Cyprus - Notification of a concentration concerning the acquisition of the share capital of Corel Corporation from KKR & Co. Inc., via Bidco Cascade Corp.
  • Poland - UOKiK clears acquisition, by BP Europa, of control over Arge Paliwa and Arge Nieruchomości.

STATE AID

  • State Aid Weekly e-News - No.19/19 - 23 May 2019- Covers from 17 to 23 May 2019

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Council of the European Union (Foreign Affairs/Trade) of 27 May 2019
  • Explanatory Notes to the Combined Nomenclature of the European Union
  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/841 of 14 March 2019 correcting certain language versions of Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/2446 supplementing Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards detailed rules concerning certain provisions of the Union Customs Code
  • Council Decision (EU) 2019/845 of 17 May 2019 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union, within the Working Group on Geographical Indications established by the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Korea, of the other part, as regards the adoption of its rules of procedure
  • DG Trade - Study finds that sustainable sourcing is at the core of EU business considerations
  • DG Trade - 59 WTO partners step up commitments to help service suppliers
  • Joint Statement of the Trilateral Meeting of the Trade Ministers of the United States, European Union, and Japan
  • WTO Speech by DG Roberto Azevêdo: E-commerce must be a force for inclusion
  • WTO Speech by DDG Alan Wolff: Now is a time of opportunity for the world trading system
  • WTO members discuss how to narrow down issues in fisheries subsidies negotiations
  • How protectionist will the new European Parliament be? - There is precedent across the Atlantic for overblown fears of protectionism from the populist right - Financial Times
  • Trump opens door to including Huawei in China trade deal - President details $16bn package for farmers as stocks fall on stand-off with Beijing - Financial Times
  • Latest China tariffs will cost $831 per household, Report says - Wall Street Journal

INTERNAL MARKET, INDUSTRY  & GENERAL

  • Main Results of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council of 22-23 May 2019
  • Agenda for: Council of the European Union (Competitiveness - Internal Market, Industry, Research & Space) of 27 & 28 May 2019
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Technical Harmonisation (Motor Vehicles) of 05 June 2019
  • Information Note by the Romanian Presidency on Better Regulation
  • Circular Plastics Alliance - state of play - Information from the Commission
  • What effect will grouping of substances have? - Presentation ECHA Conference - 22 May 2019
  • ECHA - Mapping the chemical universe to address substances of concern - Annual Report
  • Performance Indicators for Convergence in Regional Development - How reliable are they to ensure Targeted and Result-Oriented spending?- Study for the EP CONT Committee

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESMA updates its Q&As regarding the Benchmark Regulation
  • ESMA updates the CSDR Q&As
  • Bankers frustrated by lack of Mifid benefits - EU market participants say poorly-worded rules undermine some key objectives - Financial Times

TAXATION

  • The EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes - Bermuda: final legislation and assessment under criterion 2.2

ENERGY

  • Agenda for Working Party on Energy of 27 May 2019
  • Draft Council conclusions on the Future of Energy Systems in the Energy Union designed to ensure the clean energy transition and the achievement of energy and climate objectives towards 2030 and beyond - Discussion
  • Regulation on low ILUC-risk feedstocks will significantly increase potential palm oil imports - See COPA- COGECA Statement
  • How to put palm oil in the past - See ePure Statement

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Judgment of the Court of 23 May 2019 in Case C‑634/17, ReFood GmbH & Co. KG Vs. Landwirtschaftskammer Niedersachsen
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Environment - Shipments of waste within the European Union - Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006 - Article 1(3)(d) - Scope - Regulation (EC) No 1069/2009 - Shipments of animal by-products
  • Opinion of Adovocate General Kokottof 23 May 2019 in Case C‑280/18, Alain Flausch and Others Vs. Ypourgos Perivallontos kai Energeias and Others
    Re: Request for a preliminary ruling - Environment - Directive 2011/92/EU - Assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment - Public participation in the decision-making process - Announcement on the internet - Access to justice - Commencement of periods
  • Review of progress on implementation of the EU green infrastructure strategy
  • 8th Round of Mutual Evaluations - 'The practical implementation and operation of European policies on preventing and combating Environmental Crime' Report on Romania and Slovenia
  • Has Germany opened the floodgates of support for EU water law? - See EEB Statement

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Summary of European Union decisions on marketing authorisations in respect of medicinal products from 1 April 2019 to 30 April 2019
  • Roadmap for the implementation of actions by the European Commission based on the Commission Communication and the Council Recommendation on strengthening cooperation against vaccine preventable diseases
  • Quinolizidine alkaloids in food and feed opinion – have your say on draft
  • Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report - Report 21 (Published on: 24/05/2019) 
  • How the chemicals in food contact materials are putting our health at risk - See HEAL Statement

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Drones: Commission adopts advanced rules for the safe operation of drones

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Poland attempts to revive EU’s red-card concession - Warsaw eyes procedure that would give member states the power to block planned legislation - Financial Times

ECB ECONOMY

FUTURE OF EUROPE & BREXIT

  • Who can stop Weber getting the EU’s top job? - The German ‘spitzenkandidat’ is angling for the role, but not everyone agrees - Financial Times
  • Europe’s diminished far right still poses a threat - Mainstream parties should be alert to the risks of sharing power with populists - Financial Times