COMPETITION

  • Commission re-adopts decision and fines five producers of reinforcing steel bars €16 million for price-fixing cartel (case number 37956) - Midday Express
  • Finland - Competition Authority has inspected premises of companies operating on the taxi market
  • France - Dawn raids. The General Rapporteur of the Autorité de la concurrence indicates that unannounced inspections have been carried out in the sector of crystal components distribution.

STATE AID

  • Opinion of Advocate General Tanchev of 04 July 2019 in Case C-56/18 P, Commission Vs. Gmina Miasto Gdynia and Port Lotniczy Gdynia Kosakowo

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Customs Union Working Party of 12 July 2019
  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Services and Investment) of 10 July 2019
  • EU extends trade defence rules to continental shelf and exclusive economic zones of Member States (See Regulation (EU) 2019/1129)
  • Latest weakening further undermines rationale of EU steel safeguard – putting even further steel jobs at risk - Eurofer Statement & European Steel in Figures 2019
  • Speech by DG Azevêdo: E-commerce needs to be a force for inclusion
  • Aid for Trade Review opens with call to preserve trading system as driver for development - See also Speech by DG Azevêdo:
  • WTO-IFC publication launch: “Trade Finance and the Compliance Challenge: A Showcase of International Cooperation”
  • More work needed to tackle barriers women entrepreneurs face in trade says DG Azevêdo

INTERNAL MARKET, INDUSTRY & GENERAL

  • A Member State may, for reasons of public policy such as combating incitement to hatred, impose a temporary obligation to broadcast or retransmit a television channel from another Member State only in pay-to-view packages (See CPR No.87/2019 - Judgment in Case C-622/17 - Baltic Media Alliance)
  • Judgment of the Court of 04 July 2019 in Case C-393/17, Freddy Lucien Magdalena Kirschstein, Thierry Frans Adeline Kirschstein, in the presence of: Vlaamse Gemeenschap 
    Re: "Reference for a preliminary ruling - Directive 2005/29 / EC - Unfair commercial practices - Scope - Concept of" commercial practices "- Directive 2006/123 / EC - Services in the internal market - Criminal law - Authorization schemes - Higher education - Diploma conferring the grade of "master" - Prohibition of conferring certain grades without authorization
  • Judgment of the Court of 04 July 2019 in Case C-377/17, European Commission, Vs. Federal Republic of Germany, support -ed by: Hungary
    Re: Failure of a Member State to fulfill obligations - Services in the internal market - Directive 2006/123 / EC - Article 15 - Article 49 TFEU - Freedom of establishment - Architects and engineers fees for planning services - Minimum and maximum rates
  • Decisions adopted by the European Commission by Written Procedure of 04 July 2019
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competitiveness and Growth (Industry) of 10 July 2019 & (Tourism) of 15 July 2019
  • Minutes of the Joint Coal and Steel Advisory Groups Meeting of 23 May 2019
  • Member States' compliance with EU law in 2018: efforts are paying off, but improvements still needed (IP/19/3030 - see the ReportAnnexScoreboard)
  • Commission launches work on major research and innovation missions for cancer, climate, oceans and soil - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms Bieńkowska to a MEP written question - Lithium in electric car production
  • SMEunited presents a detailed New SME Policy agenda for Europe

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Sustainable Finance: Commission's technical expert group launches a call for feedback on the taxonomy for sustainable economic activities - Midday Express

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLCIY

  • Employment and Social Developments in Europe: 2019 review highlights that tackling climate change can be a driver for growth and jobs (IP/19/3412)
  • New report: more work needed to ensure that all children in Europe have access to quality early education and care

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Judgment of the Court of 4 July 2019, in Case C‑624/17, Tronex BV,
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Environment - Waste - Shipments - Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006 - Article 2(1) - Directive 2008/98/EC - Article 3(1) - Concepts of ‘shipment of waste’ and ‘waste’ - Consignment of goods initially intended for retail sale, returned by consumers or become redundant in the seller’s product range)
  • Agenda for: Working Party on the Environment of 09-10 July 2019
  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues
    - Synergies / Int. Chemicals of 11 July 2019
    - Desertification of 09 July 2019 

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Consultation - Rules on official controls and measures in cases of non-compliance of certain categories of animals and goods from third - (Feedback period: 03.07.2019 - 31.07.2019)

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Young Jewish Europeans face increasing antisemitism, a new EU study finds

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Commissioner Pierre Moscovici: remarks on the Spring 2019 round of fiscal surveillance for Italy following the College meeting (IP/19/3569)
  • Answer given by Mr Moscovici to a MEP written question - Estimates regarding economic development in the EU
  • Global bonds rally on Lagarde ECB nomination - Hope in markets that IMF chief’s move will extend era of ultra-loose eurozone monetary policy - Financial Times
  • Lagarde’s First Job as ECB Boss: Charming Germany - As ECB chief, Christine Lagarde may face critical decisions about policies that have been unpopular in Germany - Wall Street Journal

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Report by President Donald Tusk to the European Parliament on the last European Council meetings
  • Speech by VP Šefčovič on behalf of President Juncker at the Plenary Session of the European Parliament on the Conclusions of the European Council meeting of 20 and 21 June 2019
  • David Sassoli elected President of the European Parliament - See his inaugural speech
  • MEPs voted on the size of Parliament’s 20 committees and two sub-committees. Their composition was confirmed by political groups later on the same day.
  • New EU leaders will soon be put to the test - Financial Times
  • Relief in London at look of new EU leaders - Financial Times
  • EU picks divided on how to handle Brexit - Charles Michel has become frustrated by UK but Ursula von der Leyen urges patience - Financial Times
  • EU Leadership nominees sharet ough stances on tech, trade  - Wall Street Journal

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • Agenda for: Foreign Relations Counsellors/Sanctions formation of 17 July 2019
  • Human rights – review of EU ‘Anti-Torture’ Regulation (2016-20) - (Feedback period: 02.07.2019 - 30.07.2019)
  • HR/VP Mogherini and Commissioners Hahn and Bulc at the Western Balkans Summit in Poznań, Poland - Midday Express
  • Britain seizes tanker suspected of carrying oil to Syria - Royal marines and Gibraltar authorities consider vessel breaches EU sanctions - Financial Times