COMPETITION

  • Judgment of the General Court of 24 September 2019 in Case T-466/17, Printeos, SA, Printeos Cartera Industrial, Tompla Scandinavia AB, Tompla France, Tompla Druckerzeugnisse Vertriebs GmbH, Vs. European Commission
    Re: Competition - Agreements, decisions and concerted practices - Market for standard / catalog and special printed envelopes - Decision finding an infringement of Article 101 TFEU - Partial annulment for breach of the obligation to state reasons - Amending decision - Transaction procedure - Fines - Basic amount - Exceptional adjustment - Ceiling of 10% of overall turnover - Article 23 (2) of Regulation (EC) No 1/2003 - Non bis in idem principle - Legal certainty - Legitimate expectations - Equal treatment - Cumulative penalties - Proportionality - Fairness - Full jurisdiction
  • Fine imposed on HSBC group for anticompetitive practices in the interest rate derivatives sector is annulled (See CPR No.116/2019 - Judgment in Case T-105/17, HSBC Holdings and Others Vs. Commission)
  • The European Commission published the final remedies submitted by Mastercard and Visa to address antitrust concerns over rules on multilateral interchange fees (MIFs
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9501 - I Squared Capital Advisors/PEMA)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9532 - Glendower Capital/Investindustrial /HTG/ Rotor)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9475 - TDR/BCA) 
  • Commission clears acquisition of Staci by Ardian (M.9496) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of ADCO by Apax Partners (M.9513) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of the joint control of FC and CarMob by VWFS and TUV SUD AS (M.9490) - Midday Express
  • Full text of decision on purchaser approval in Thales/Gemalto merger published - M.8797
  • The European Commission published the final remedies submitted by Mastercard and Visa to address antitrust concerns over rules on multilateral interchange fees (MIFs)
  • Denmark - Competition appeals Tribunal confirms that Teller (now Nets) abused its dominant position by using rebates conditional on exclusivity and exclusivity provisions
  • The Netherlands - ACM clears acquisition of Intertoys by Mirage
  • Spain - The CNMC investigates possible anticompetitive practices in relation to the production, marketing and distribution of chemical products

STATE AID

  • Judgment of the General Court of 24 September 2019 in Case T‑121/15, Fortischem a.s., Vs. European Commission supported by AlzChem AG
    - State aid - Chemical industry - Decision declaring the aid incompatible with the internal market - Concept of State aid - State resources - Advantage - Recovery - Economic continuity — Principle of sound administration - Obligation to state reasons
  • The General Court annuls the Commission’s decision on the aid measure implemented by the Netherlands in favour of Starbucks (See CPR No.119/2019 - Judgments in Cases T-760/15, T-636/16, Netherlands Vs. Commission)
  • The General Court confirms the Commission’s decision on the aid measure granted by Luxembourg to Fiat Chrysler Finance Europe (See CPR No.118/2019 - Judgments in Cases T-755/15, T-759/15, Luxembourg Vs. Commission)
  • Statement by Commissioner Margrethe Vestager following today's Court judgments on two tax State aid cases (Fiat in Luxembourg and Starbucks in the Netherlands)
  • Response by State Secretary Snel to the ruling of the General Court of the European Union on Starbucks

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Judgment of the General Court of 24 September 2019 in Case T‑586/14 RENV, Xinyi PV Products (Anhui) Holdings Ltd, Vs. European Commission supported by GMB Glasmanufaktur Brandenburg GmbH
    - Re: Dumping - Imports of solar glass originating in China - Article 2(7)(b) and (c) of Regulation (EC) No 1225/2009 (now Article 2(7)(b) and (c) of Regulation (EU) 2016/1036) - Market economy treatment - Concept of ‘significant distortion in the production costs and financial situation of firms’ - Tax incentives - Manifest error of assessment
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the EU in the Committee on Rules of Origin set up by the Agreement on Rules of Origin (WTO-GATT 1994), annexed to the final act signed in Marrakech on 15 April 1994
  • Proposal for a Council Decision establishing the position to be adopted on behalf of the Union in the Association Committee set up by the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Kingdom of Morocco, of the other part, concerning the exchange of information with Morocco for the purpose of evaluating the impact of the agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters on the amendment of the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement - See the Annex
  • Council Decision (EU) 2019/1578 of 20 September 2019 on the position to be adopted on behalf of the EU within the Committee on Trade and Sustainable Development established by the FTA between the EU and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Korea, of the other part, as regards the Panel of Experts referred to in Article 13.15 of the Agreement
  • Trade for her - Empowering Women through International Trade - see the Programme (30 September 2019)
  • Dual use controls - Export Control Forum 2019 - see the Agenda (13 December 2019)
  • Canada - CETA implementation phase: Agenda of the second meeting of wines and spirits Committee (Ottawa, Canada - 24 September 2019)
  • WTO - Committee on Agriculture - Notification - European Union - Special safeguard
  • EU trade policy amid the China-US clash: caught in the crossfire? - see the Bruegel Working Paper
  • Should the EU tax imported CO2? - See the CER Insight Paper

INTERNAL MARKET, INDUSTRY  & GENERAL

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Council of the European Union - Competitiveness (Internal Market, Industry, Research and Space)) of 26 and 27 September 2019
  • Piaggio’s intellectual property rights in the Vespa LX scooter have not been infringed (See CPR No.117/2019 - Judgment in Case T-219/18, Piaggio & C. Vs. EUIPO - Zhejiang Zhongneng Industry Group (Mobylettes)
  • Advocate General Bobek: the General Court erred in law when it held that the existence of a teaching contract between an applicant and its legal representative meant that the requirement of independent legal representation was not satisfied (See CPR No.115/2019 - Opinions of the Advocate General in joined cases C-515/17 PC-561/17P, Uniwersytet Wrocławski Vs. REA)
  • New Commission report on the impact of digitisation on the world of work in the EU - Midday Express
  • Commission's report shows good performance of EU interoperability programme for public administrations, businesses and citizens

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Financial Services (CCP recovery and resolution) of 02 October 2019
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the establishment of a framework to facilitate sustainable investment 
    Compromise text & Mandate for negotiations with the European Parliament 
    Joint statement by Germany, Luxembourg and Austria
  • ESMA publishes updated results of the annual transparency calculations for equity and equity-like instruments
  • ESMA updates its financial instrument reference database

TAXATION

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Tax Questions (Indirect Taxation - Excise duties/Energy taxation) of 03 October 2019

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • 8th Round of Mutual Evaluations - 'The practical implementation and operation of European policies on preventing and combating Environmental Crime' - Report on Lithuania
  • EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete and China’s Special Representative on Climate Change Xie Zhenhua: meeting in New York at the UN Climate Action Summit
  • Speech by President Donald Tusk at the UN Climate Action Summit
  • Speech by President Donald Tusk at the meeting on the action for the Amazon
  • Moving back the finishing line: The EU's progress on climate - See the CER Insight Paper

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Draft - Commission delegated Regulation (EU) …/... supplementing Regulation (EU) 2017/625 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards rules on specific official controls on consignments of certain animals and goods originating from, and returning to the Union following a refusal of entry by a third country

DATA PRIVACY

  • The prohibition on processing certain categories of sensitive personal data applies also to operators of search engines (See CPR No.113/2019 - Judgment in Case C-136/17, G.C. and Others)
  • The operator of a search engine is not required to carry out a de-referencing on all versions of its search engine (See CPR No.112/2019 - Judgment in Case C-507/17, Google)
  • ECJ rules Google’s ‘right to be forgotten’ does not apply outside EU - Financial Times /  Wall Street Journal

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Advocate General Tanchev: the Court should declare that the requests for a preliminary ruling relating to the national measures establishing a regime for disciplinary proceedings against judges in Poland are inadmissible (See CPR No.114/2019 - Opinions of the Advocate General in joined cases C-558/18, C-563/18, Miasto Łowicz) 
  • The General Court confirms the Commission’s decision to register the proposed European citizens’ initiative ‘Minority SafePack - one million signatures for diversity in Europe’ (See CPR No.120/2019 - Judgment in Case T-391/17 Romania Vs. Commission)
  • Fundamental Rights - Fundamental Rights challenges in 2020 and beyond

FUTURE OF EUROPE & BREXIT

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1 & Part.2) of 25 September 2019
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Article 50) of 26 September 2019
  • Boris Johnson broke law by suspending Parliament, U.K’s top Court rules - Wall Street Journal (See the Judgments - UKSC 2019/0193UKSC 2019/0192)

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • "Supporting the future of Syria and the region" conference: new financial tracking report published
  • Joint Declaration of the Africa Caribbean and Pacific Group of States and the European Union on the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals Implementation
  • European Union supports survivors of sexual violence in conflict - IP/19/5791
  • The International Contact Group on Venezuela meets in New York - See the opening remarks by the HR/VP and the joint declaration