COMPETITION

  • Opinion of Advocate General Bobek of 05 September 2019 in Case C‑228/18, Gazdasági Versenyhivatal Vs. Budapest Bank Nyrt., ING Bank NV Magyarországi Fióktelepe, OTP Bank Nyrt., Kereskedelmi és Hitelbank Zrt., Magyar Külkereskedelmi Bank Zrt., Erste Bank Hungary Zrt., Visa Europe Ltd, MasterCard Europe SA
    Re: Competition - Article 101(1) TFEU - Agreements, decisions and concerted practices - Restriction of competition ‘by object’ or ‘by effect’ - Payment cards system in Hungary - Agreement on interchange fee - Participation)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9490 - VWFS/TÜV SÜD AS/FC/CarMob)
  • Summary of Commission Decision of 6 February 2019 declaring a concentration to be incompatible with the internal market and the functioning of the EEA Agreement (Case M.8677 - Siemens/Alstom)
    - Final Report of the Hearing Officer
    - Opinion of the Advisory Committee on mergers
  • Summary of Commission Decision of 29 April 2019 relating to a proceeding under Article 101 of the TFEU and Article 53 of the EEA Agreement (Case AT.40049 - MasterCard II)
    - Final Report of the Hearing Officer
    - Opinion of the Advisory Committee on restrictive practices and dominant positions
  • Commission invites comments on roadmap for the evaluation of rules on horizontal agreements - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of control over PPT by Charlesbank and GTCR (M.9487) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of DigiCert by Clearlake and TA (M.9471)  - Midday Express
  • Commission clears joint venture between Toyota Tsusho and Maruti Suzuki (M.9476)  - Midday Express
  • CMA updates timetable in investigation into Atlantic Joint Business Agreement
  • CMA issues statement in Phase 2 investigation of four acquisitions by Bauer Media Group
  • The Netherlands - ACM does not grant a license for the acquisition of postal operator Sandd by PostNL
  • Romania - The Competition Council authorized the taking over of Rimco SRL by DR. Oetker Ro SRL
  • Romania - The Competition Council authorized the taking over of Optiplaza SRL by Innova/6 SCA Sicav-Raif
  • Switzerland - Stöckli pays fine to settle Swiss watchdog's price-manipulation probe (FR, DE & IT version)
  • Switzerland - The COMCO sanctioned building and construction companies for illegal submission agreements with a fine of nearly CHF 11 million (FRDE & IT version)

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Judgment of the Court of 5 September 2019 in Case C‑559/18, TDK-Lambda Germany GmbH Vs. Hauptzollamt Lörrach
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87 - Customs Union and Common Customs Tariff - Tariff classification - Combined Nomenclature - Subheading 8504 40 30 - Static converters - Classification criteria - Main intended use
  • Evaluation of six Euro-Med FTAs - Feedback period: 04.09.2019 - 27.11.2019
  • EU leading in global agri-food trade (IP/19/5527)
  • Speech: Commissioner Malmström on 'Truths about trade'
  • China initiates WTO dispute against additional US duties on Chinese imports
  • Jordan launches safeguard investigation on potato chips

INTERNAL MARKET, INDUSTRY & GENERAL

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1) of 06 September 2019
  • Minutes of the Joint Coal and Steel Advisory Groups Meeting 23 May 2019
  • Telecommunications undertakings must transmit, free of charge, to the authority handling emergency calls made to ‘112’ information enabling the caller to be located
    (See CPR No.105/2019, Judgment in Case C-417/18, AW and Others (Appels au 112) )

TAXATION

ENERGY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Energy of 10 September 2019
  • Energy Union: Commissioner Arias Cañete in Oslo to co-host the European high level conference on carbon capture and storage - Midday Express
  • Luxembourg leads EU push to climate-proof Energy Charter Treaty - Bilaterals.org/Euractiv

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Detergents Working Group meeting of 16 September 2019
  • Agenda for: 27th meeting of the Co-ordination Group for Biodiversity and Nature 26-27 September 2019

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Italy has failed to comply with its obligation to implement measures to prevent the spread of the Xylella fastidiosa bacterium, which can cause the death of a large number of plants, in particular olive trees (See CPR No.106/2019 Judgment in Case C-443/18 - Commission vs. Italy (Bactérie Xylella fastidiosa)
  • Avoidable deaths in 2016 - For people under 75, two deaths out of three in the EU could have been avoided - Heart and lung diseases main categories of avoidable death (Stat/19/5526)

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Consultation - Proposal for an amending Regulation extending the periods of application of Regulations (EU) 2019/501 and (EU) 2019/502 - Feedback period: 05.09.2019 - 31.10.2019

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • The option to pay by SEPA direct debit cannot be subject to a condition of residence in the national territory (See CPR No.104/2019: Judgment in Case C-28/18, Verein für Konsumenteninformation)
  • Security Union: Eurojust launches a new Counter-Terrorism Register

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Regulation (EC) No 2012/2002 in order to provide financial assistance to Member States to cover serious financial burden inflicted on them following a withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Union without an agreement
  • Council Recommendation of 9 July 2019 on the 2019 National Reform Programme  and delivering a Council opinion on the 2019 Stability Programme of all EU 28 Member States
  • Speech by Luis de Guindos: The evolution of stress-testing in Europe
  • Speech by Yves Mersch: Appointment hearing as Vice-Chair of the ECB Supervisory Board
  • Speech by Philip R. Lane: The Phillips Curve at the ECB
  • Lagarde recommended for ECB President by Economics and Monetary Affairs Committee
  • Lagarde pledges to review ECB’s negative rates - Wall Street Journal
  • The EU should seize the chance to stop Italy's eurosceptic drift - Centre for European Reform Paper

FUTURE OF EUROPE & BREXIT

  • Finalising preparations for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union on 1 November 2019 - See the Communication
  • Committee publishes Bank of England’s updated economic analysis of Brexit
  • European Union (Withdrawal) (No.6) Bill: Commons stages
  • Government and Parliament relations deteriorating due to Brexit and minority government - See IfG Statement & Report
  • UK abandons plans to end free movement October 31 - Home Office admits Britain’s new immigration system will not be in place until at least 2021 - Politico.eu