COMPETITION

  • Antitrust: Commission fines US chipmaker Qualcomm €242 million for engaging in predatory pricing (IP/19/4350 - 39711)
  • Commission clears Vodafone's acquisition of Liberty Global's cable business in Czechia, Germany, Hungary and Romania, subject to conditions (IP/19/4349 - M.8864)
  • France - The Autorité de la concurrence clears without conditions the acquisition of Nature & Découvertes by Fnac Darty.
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt obtains far-reaching improvements in the terms of business for sellers on Amazon’s online marketplaces (See the case summary)
  • Portugal - The AdC Board adopted a non-opposition decision in merger 30/2019 - NORS / ASFC.
  • Romania - The Competition Council is analyzing the take-over of Electroplast SA by Platforma Roca
  • Slovakia - The AMO SR initiated an administrative proceedings in the concentration between Arca Investments, a.s., and AXASOFT, a.s.
  • Slovakia - The AMO SR approved the concentration between Falck SK, a. s., and Falck Emergency, a.
  • Vestager's parting shot at big tech aims for Amazon and Qualcomm - Financial Times / Politico.eu

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Services and Investment) of 24 July 2019
  • Agenda for: Customs Union Working Party of 25 - 26 July 2019
  • Decision No 1/2018 of the EU-Ukraine Association Council of 2 July 2018 supplementing Annex I-A to Chapter 1 of Title IV of the Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and Ukraine, of the other part
  • Agenda of the EU-Japan EPA: Meeting of the Agricultural Cooperation Committee - 22 July 2019
  • Russia throws weight behind EU effort to boost Iran trade - Moscow calls for oil to be included in payments system aimed at circumventing US sanctions - Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET, INDUSTRY & GENERAL

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1213 of 12 July 2019 laying down detailed provisions ensuring uniform conditions for the implementation of interoperability and compatibility of on-board weighing equipment pursuant to Council Directive 96/53/EC
  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/1217 of 17 July 2019 on the harmonised standards for personal flotation devices - lifejackets drafted in support of Council Directive 89/686/EEC 
  • New Joint Research Centre report on factors driving political decision-making
  • First data for 2019 confirm slump in steel demand on the back of manufacturing weakness - see Eurofer Press Release & Economic and Steel Market Outlook 2019-2020

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESMA advises on credit rating sustainability issues and sets disclosure requirements
  • ESMA launches call for evidence on certain investor protection topics in the context of the reports to be submitted by the EC under Article 90 of MiFID II (see the  Call for evidence)
  • ESMA - Letter to EFRAG on IASBF Exposure Draft on proposed amendments to the due process handbook
  • ESMA - Letter to IFRS Foundation - Exposure Draft on proposed amendments to the due process handbook 

TAXATION

  • OECD invites taxpayer input on ninth batch of dispute resolution peer reviews
  • G7 nations struggle to reach digital tax compromise - Financial Times

ENERGY

  • Answer given Mr Arias Canete to a written question - Biofuels, electric cars and sustainability
  • ACER publishes an updated version of the 4th Edition of its Guidance on the application of REMIT as well as a Public consultation on the definition of inside information
  • Carbon credit costs soar as EU toughens green stance - Structural reforms and a bullish political backdrop have pushed prices to record highs - Financial Times

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for:Working Party on the Environment of 24 July 2019
  • Fighting forest fires in Europe – how it works (Memo/19/5411)

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Strengthening the rule of law through increased awareness, an annual monitoring cycle and more effective enforcement (IP/19/4169)
  • Rule of Law: European Commission takes new step to protect judges in Poland against political control (IP/19/4189)

DATA PRIVACY

EURO, ECB & ECONOMY

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Speech by VP Katainen on behalf of President Juncker at the Plenary Session of the European Parliament on the Finnish Presidency of the Council of Ministers
  • Von der Leyen faces bumpy ride after scramble to win round sceptical MEPs - Financial Times
  • Von der Leyen steps on to a bid stage in Brussels - Financial Times
  • Business hopes Ursula von der Leyen will keep doors open - Financial Times

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2019/1216 of 17 July 2019 implementing Decision (CFSP) 2017/1775 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Mali
  • The European Union steps up support to security in Jordan and economic activities and trade in the region