COMPETITION

STATE AID

  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU - Cases where the Commission raises no objections
  • State aid - Germany - State aid SA.43260 (2015/FC) - Alleged aid to Frankfurt Hahn Airport and Ryanair - Invitation to submit comments pursuant to Article 108(2) of the TFEU
  • Case C-338/19: Request for a preliminary ruling from the Tribunale Amministrativo Regionale per la Sardegna (Italy) lodged on 25 April 2019 — Telecom Italia SpA Vs. Regione Sardegna
  • State aid: Commission opens in-depth investigations into individual “excess profit” tax rulings granted by Belgium to 39 multinational companies - IP/19/5578
  • Commission approves Belgian scheme to support electro-intensive users (SA.52367) - Midday Express
  • State Aid Weekly e-News - No.29/19 - Covers from 6 to 12 September 2019

TRADE & CUSTOMS

INTERNAL MARKET, INDUSTRY & GENERAL

  • Preparation of the Competitiveness Council of 26-27 September 2019 Horizon Europe Package: Synergies with other programmes - Policy debate
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1397 of 6 August 2019 on design, construction and performance requirements and testing standards for marine equipment and repealing Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/773
  • European Solidarity Corps: three years on - IP/19/5556

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • EU consumers set to benefit from safer online shopping and a wider range of payment services - Q&A/19/5555
  • For a ban on commissions in financial advice - Beuc Statement & Position Paper
  • ESMA hits back at FCA’s criticism of fund rules - Regulators’ divergent views flag tensions about post-Brexit plans - Financial Times

TAXATION

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Tax Questions (Indirect Taxation - VAT) of 24 September 2019
  • Agenda for: 96th SCAC Meeting of 21 October 2019
  • Agenda for: 15th SCAC - Expert Group in the field of VAT- Administrative Cooperation of 21 October 2019
  • Fight against tax evasion and tax avoidance - Commission presented the first Evaluation of the Directive, supported by a positive opinion of the Regulatory Scrutiny Board and published the study supporting this evaluation - Midday Express
  • Apple has day in court over Irish tax bill - The iPhone’s appeal to its €13bn fine is heard same week as its latest product launch - Financial Times

ENERGY

  • Action brought on 26 July 2019 - Nord Stream Vs. Parliament and Council (Case T-530/19)
    Re: annulment of Directive (EU) 2019/692 of the European Parliament and of the Council of the EUof 17 April 2019 amending Directive 2009/73/EC concerning common rules for the internal market in natural gas, insofar as Article 1 (9) of this Directive introduced Article 49a (3) first sentence of Directive 2009/73 stipulating that ‘[d]ecisions pursuant to paragraphs 1 and 2 shall be adopted by 24 May 2020
  • EU invests in reliable electricity system in Czechia

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Communication from the Commission on the 2019 Climate Action Summit hosted by the United Nations Secretary General in New York - See also the EP Briefing

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Standing Committee on Biocidal Products of 19 September 2019
    - Commission Implementing Decision (EU) …/… not approving silver zeolite as an existing active substance for use in biocidal products of product-types 2 and 7
  • Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report - Report 37 ( Published on: 13/09/2019)
  • Answer given by Ms Bienkowska to a MEP written question - Impact of the EU's Medical Devices Regulation
  • Minutes - 13th meeting of the Independent Advisory Panel on characterising flavours in tobacco products (25 June 2019)
  • Age to start complementary feeding of infants - EFSA Statement

EMPLOYMENT  & SOCIAL POLICY

  • More than 14,500 workers supported by the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund in past two years - see the Report - Midday Express
  • Second quarter of 2019 - Euro area job vacancy rate at 2.3% - EU28 rate at 2.3% - Stat/19/5576
  • Second quarter of 2019 - Annual growth in labour costs at 2.7% in euro area - At 3.1% in EU28 - Stat/19/5565

TRANPORT & MOBILITY

  • Case C-572/19 P: Appeal brought on 26 July 2019 by European Road Transport Telematics Implementation Coordination Organisation — Intelligent Transport Systems & Services Europe (Ertico — ITS Europe) against the judgment of the General Court (FourthChamber) delivered on 22 May 2019 in Case T-604/15: Ertico — ITS Europe Vs. Commisison
  • Poland: €676 million worth of EU investments in better rails and roads (IP/19/5552)

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Joint Press Statement from Commissioner Věra Jourová and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on the Third Annual EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Review
  • EU contribution in response to the UN SG call for views on "countering the use of information and communications technologies for criminal purposes"

EURO, ECB & ECONOMY

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • EU extends sanctions over actions against Ukraine’s territorial integrity until 15 March 2020 (See  Regulation (EU) 2019/1403 , Decision (CFSP) 2019/1405, see also the Notice 1 & 2)
  • Third EU-Western Balkans Media Days: EU reaffirms comprehensive support to media freedom in the region - IP/19/5564
  • Commissioner Hahn in Georgia to launch the first European School outside EU borders - See Speech by Johannes Hahn - Midday Express
  • EU envoy urges bloc to engage more with Russia - Member states wary of rapprochement with Moscow likely to resist greater co-operation - Financial Times