COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9448 - Hitachi/Chassis Brakes International)
  • Antitrust: Commission opens investigation into possible anti-competitive conduct of Amazon (IP/19/4291- AT.40462) - Wall Street Journal 
  • Commission clears the acquisition of joint control over Norled by CapMan and CBRE (M.9396) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears the creation of a joint venture between Chr. Hansen and Lonza (M.9315) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears the acquisition of B&B Hotels by Goldman Sachs (M.9404) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears the acquisition of Nestlé Skin Health by EQT Fund Management (M.9412) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears the acquisition of Vivat by Apollo (M.9430) - Midday Express
  • European Commission published the latest version (Issue 1/2019) of its "Competition Merger Brief"
  • CMA imposes penalties for breaches of initial enforcement order in Nicholls' Fuel Oils / DCC Energy merger
  • CMA notifies DCMS that Connect Bidco / Inmarsat merger may raise public interest considerations

TRADE CUSTOMS

  • Annex to the Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the OECD Public Governance Committee and the OECD Council on the draft Recommendation on Countering Illicit Trade: Enhancing Transparency in Free Trade Zones
  • Isolation or Integration: Why the EU Free Trade Agreement the Brexiters want is not deliverable - ECIPE Paper 2019
  • WTO - DDG Wolff: The opportunity for reform of the trading system must not be squandered
  • WTO - Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of Dispute Settlement Body of 22 July 2019
  • WTO - Appellate Body issues report on US compliance with countervailing duties ruling (see the findings & conclusions and Summary)
  • WTO rules against US in tariff dispute with China - Decision on case, which predates current trade war, opens the door for retaliation from Beijing - Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET, INDUSTRY & GENERAL

  • Summary of European Commission Decisions on authorisations for the placing on the market for the use and/or for use of substances listed in Annex XIV to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) 
    - Ammonium dichromate (EC No 232-143-1; CAS No 7789-09-5)
    - Chromium trioxide (EC No. 215-607-8, CAS No. 1333-82-0)
    - pentazinc chromate octahydroxide (EC No 256-418-0; CAS No 49663-84-5)
    - Bis(2-methoxyethyl) ether (diglyme) (EC No: 203-924-4 CAS No 111-96-6)
  • Agenda for: Council of the European Union (General Affairs) of 18 July 2019
  • Summary Record of the Coreper of 3 & 4 July 2019
  • Special Report No 12/2019 — E-commerce: many of the challenges of collecting VAT and customs duties remain to be resolved
  • Slovakia: better road connection from East to West thanks to cohesion funding - Midday Express
  • Financing social investment for an economy of well-being: Moving from good practices to a paradigm shift - EPC Policy Brief - 16 July 2019

FINANCIAL SERVICES & TAXATION

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Financial Services of 23 July 2019
  • ESMA - Report on sanctions and measures imposed under MiFID II in 2018
  • ESMA issues an opinion on product intervention measures by the Czech Republic
  • The capital markets union: Should the EU shut out the City of London? - CER Policy brief - 15.07.2019
  • For U.S. and France, a tax fight over tech giants remains a sore point - Wall Street Journal
  • France starts a digital tax war - Wall Street Journal

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Banking Union: Towards new arrangements to finance banks under resolution? - Briefing for the EP ECON Committee
  • Speech by Benoît Cœuré: Exchange of views with members of the High Council of Public Finance
  • OECD calls for Europe to spend to boost growth - Financial Times
  • French central bank urges ECB to resit pressure on rates - Financial Times

FUTURE OF EUROPE & BREXIT

  • Parliament elects Ursula von der Leyen as first female Commission President (See the Opening Statement and the EP Decision
  • The nomination of von der Leyen - Towards institutional balance in a reformed lead candidate process - CEPS Brief
  • From plaything to player: How Europe can stand up for itself in the next five years - ECFR Policy Brief
  • German defense Minister wins vote for European Union’s top job - Wall Street Journal
  • U.K.’s Brexit generation gap widens - Three years after the British voted to leave the European Union, families are still fighting over Brexit - Wall Street Journal

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • North Korea: EU renews its autonomous sanctions on individuals and entities (See Decision (CFSP) 2019/1210 & Regulation (EU) 2019/1207, Notice 1 & 2)
  • The Council transposed an amendment adopted by the UN concerning one person listed under the South Soudan sanctions framework (see  Decision (CFSP) 2019/1211 & Regulation (EU) 2019/1208)
  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 (17 July 2019)
  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on Venezuela
  • EU-Canada Summit takes place in Montreal
  • Turkey defies EU with vow to expand drilling off Cyprus - Financial Times