COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9551 - Toyota/Panasonic/Prime Life Technologies JV)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9431 - KKR/Grupo Gallardo Balboa)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9514 - Bain Capital Investors/Kantar)
  • Competition: EU and Japan reinforce cooperation on competition policy at first EU-Japan Competition Week in Tokyo  - Midday Express
  • Norway - The Norwegian Competition Authority is considering intervening against Prosafe’s acquisition of Floatel.
  • Portugal - AdC imposes fine of 48 million euros on EDP Produção for abuse of dominance - Financial Times
  • Portugal - Finerge notifies the acquisition of sole control over BIF Portugal Wind 
  • Margrethe Vestager’s second chance - In new job, EU competition chief’s biggest challenge is her own legacy - Politico.eu

STATE AID

  • Judgment of the General Court of 19 September 2019 in Case T‑386/14 RENV, FIH Holding A/S, FIH A/S, Vs. European Commission
    Re: State aid - Banking sector - Aid granted to FIH in the form of a transfer of its impaired assets to a new subsidiary and the subsequent purchase thereof by the body responsible for guaranteeing financial stability - State aid for banks during the crisis - Decision declaring the aid compatible with the internal market - Admissibility -Calculation of the amount of the aid - Manifest error of assessment
  • Commission approves Greek Primary Residence Protection Scheme to support households at risk of losing their home due to difficulties in mortgage repayments (SA.53520) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves support scheme for energy-intensive companies in Slovakia (SA. 53564)  - Midday Express
    Commission approves modification of financing mechanism for Klaipėda LNG terminal in Lithuania (SA.53074)  - Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Judgment of the Court of 19 September 2019 in Case T-228/17, Zhejiang Jndia Pipeline Industry Vs. European Commission, Council of the European Union
    Re: Dumping - Imports of certain stainless steel tube and pipe butt-welding fittings, whether or not finished, originating in China and Taiwan - Imposition of definitive anti-dumping duties - Normal value - Adjustments - Manifest error of assessment - Obligation to state reasons
  • Judgment of the Court of 19 September 2019 in Case C-251/18, Trace Sport SAS Vs. Inspector van de Belastingdienst / Customs, kantoor Eindhoven
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Trade policy - Anti-dumping duties - Importation of bicycles shipped from Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Tunisia - Extension to those countries of the definitive anti-dumping duty imposed on imports of bicycles originating in China - Implementing Regulation (EU) No 501/2013 - Validity - Admissibility - Failure to bring an action for annulment by the applicant in the main proceedings - Associated importer - Status to bring an action for annulment - Regulation (EC) No 1225/2009 - Article 13 - Workaround - Article 18 - Failure to cooperate - Evidence - Bundle of Indices
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the 203rd meeting of the Customs Code Committee, Tariff and Statistical Nomenclature Section (Sub-Section Agriculture/Chemistry) of 14-16 October 2019
  • EU Japan domestic advisory group (DAG): call for additional NGO members
  • Customs Union: Fake and potentially dangerous goods worth nearly €740 million stopped at EU customs in 2018 - IP/19/5581, see the the full report & the factsheet
  • Airbus CEO warns Trump he's shooting himself in tariff war - Politico.eu

INTERNAL MARKET INDUSTRY GENERAL

  • Commission Decision (EU) of 4 September 2019 on the proposed citizens' initiative entitled:
    - ‘Stop corruption in Europe at its root, by cutting off funds to countries with inefficient judiciary after deadline’ (2019/1564)
    - ‘Actions on Climate Emergency’ (2019/1565)
    - ‘Save bees and farmers! Towards a bee-friendly agriculture for a healthy environment’ (2019/1566)
    - ‘Ensuring Common Commercial Policy conformity with EU Treaties and compliance with international law’ (2019/1567)
  • Industry rallies for impact assessment of EU titanium dioxide classification - see the Guidelines

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESMA - SMSG Advice - Response to ESMA’s Consultation on cost of market data and consolidated tape
  • ESMA - Market makers and authorised primary dealers who are using the exemption under the SSR
  • Answer given by Mr Moscovici to a MEP written question - Independence of national control mechanisms for financial crime

ENERGY

  • Opinion of Advocate General Hogan of 19 September 2019 in Case C‑523/18 Engie Cartagena S.L. Vs. Ministerio para la Transición Ecológica, joined parties: Endesa Generación SA, EDP España SAU, Bizkaia Energía SL, Iberdrola Generación SAU, Tarragona Power SL, Bahía de Bizkaia Electricidad SL, Viesgo Generación SL
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Common rules for the internal market in electricity - Directive 2003/54 - Article 3(2) - Directive 2009/72 - Article 3(2) - Applicability - Concept of ‘public service obligation’
  • Juncker Plan in Italy: European Investment Bank lends €250 million to Italian agency for research into clean fusion energy

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on the Environment of 23 September 2019
  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Int. Chemicals / Synergies) of 23 September 2019
  • Notice concerning the entry into force of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement between the EU and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam on forest law enforcement, governance and trade
  • #EUBeachCleanUp: EU organises record number of cleaning actions worldwide - IP/19/5609
  • Answer given by Ms Bienbovska to a MEP written question - Rubber granules in sports grounds

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Judgment of the General Court of 19 September 2019 in Case T‑783/17, GE Healthcare A/S, Vs. European Commission
    Re: Medicinal products for human use - Suspension of the marketing authorisation for gadolinium-containing contrast agents - Articles 31 and 116 of Directive 2001/83/EC - Precautionary principle - Equal treatment - Proportionality - Impartiality
  • SCCS - Opinion on Allergy Alert Test (AAT) as a proof-of-concept study
  • Human and veterinary medicines – updating the rules on fees payable to the European Medicines Agency - Feedback period: 18.09.2019 - 16.10.2019 - see the Consultation
  • Why harm reduction and product safety standards go hand to hand - Politico.eu

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Telecommunications & Information Society of 24 September 2019
    • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the respect for private life and the protection of personal data in electronic communications and repealing Directive 2002/58/EC (Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications)
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Horizontal Working Party on cyber issues of 26 September 2019

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Judgment of the Court of 19 September 2019 in Case C-467/18, EP, in the presence of: Rayonna prokuratura Lom, KM HO
    Re: "Reference for a preliminary ruling - Judicial cooperation in criminal matters - Articles 6 and 47 and Article 51 (1) of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU - Directive 2012/13 / EU - Article 8 (2) - Directive 2013 / 48 / EU - Article 12 - Directive (EU) 2016/343 - Article 3 - National regulation authorizing, for therapeutic and safety reasons, the psychiatric detention of persons who, in a state of dementia, have committed acts presenting a danger for society - Right to be informed of one's rights - Right of access to a lawyer - Right to an effective remedy - Presumption of innocence - Vulnerable person

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Christine Lagarde obtained EP’s approval to be the ECB’s next President, in a plenary vote on Tuesday 
  • EP Plenary on Tuesday approved the appointment of Yves Mersch as Vice-Chair of the European Central Bank’s Supervisory Board.
  • Irene Tinagli (S&D, IT) was elected on Monday as Chair of the Economic and Monetary Affairs committee.

FUTURE OF EUROPE & BREXIT

  • Deal or no deal: MEPs debate state of play on Brexit talks
  • Brexit: new European Parliament reaffirms wholehearted support for EU position
  • European Parliament resolution of 18 September 2019 on the state of play of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (2019/2817(RSP))
  • UK Secretary of State speech at breakfast event hosted by Europa Press in Madrid