COMPETITION

  • Commission clears acquisition of Alvic by KKR and ARTA (M.9533)  - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control over Formosa 2 by JERA, Macquarie and Swancor (M.9535) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears the acquisition of joint control of TAG Pipelines Sur by Brookfield and ENGIE (M.9522) - Midday Express
  • Ombudsman finds no maladministration in Commission’s refusal to grant full public access to documents describing the collection of electronic evidence in antitrust investigations
  • Italy - AGCM has fined Consip tender Integrated Health and Safety Management services (edition 4), with a penalty of over 3 million euros for a restrictive agreement on competitionThe CMA has provisionally found that 3 drug firms signed an illegal agreement that resulted in significant price hikes for an essential medicine.
  • The CMA consults on order to require Tobii to divest Smartbox

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Minutes of: Commission expert group on the Generalised Scheme of Preferences of 17 September 2019
  • Draft - Commission Implementing Decision (EU) …/… of xxx establishing the work programme relating to the development and deployment of the electronic systems provided for in the Union Customs Code - Feedback period - 30.09.2019 - 28.10.2019
  • WTO - Arbitrator issues decision in Airbus subsidy dispute
  • Statement on the publication of WTO's award in the Airbus dispute (See the USTR Statement, and the Final List of Products) - Financial Times/Wall Street Journal
  • Agenda for: Sixth meeting of the EU-Moldova Association Committee in trade configurations  of 4 October 2019
  • Annual Report of the Hearing Officer for Trade Proceedings 2017/2018
  • Analysis by  DG Trade Chief Economist: Female participation in EU exporting activities: jobs and wages
  • China : Report of the 23rd round of negotiations for the EU-China Investment Agreement

INTERNAL MARKET INDUSTRY GENERAL

  • Agenda for: Working Party of Competitiveness and Growth (Industry) of 08 October 2019
  • Study on monitoring industrial modernisation
  • Judgment of the General Court of 3 October 2019 in Case T‑805/17, BASF SE Vs. European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
    Re: REACH - Article 11 of Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 - Article 3(3) of Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/9 - Requirement for joint submission of data - Joint submission with possibility of a complete opt-out - Administrative practice of ECHA requiring an agreement on the terms for making a joint submission with the lead registrant for a registered substance - Failure to reach an agreement - Dispute resolution mechanism applied by analogy - Decision granting access to a joint submission - Legal basis -Broad discretion of ECHA — Manifest error of assessment - Obligation to state reasons - Legal certaint
  • Judgment of the General Court of 3 October 2019 in Case T‑806/17, BASF SE, REACH & colours Kereskedelmi és Szolgáltató Kft. (REACH & colours Kft.), Vs. European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
    Re: REACH - Article 11 of Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 - Article 3(3) of Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/9 - Requirement for joint submission of data - Joint submission with possibility of a complete opt-out - Administrative practice of ECHA requiring an agreement on the terms for making a joint submission with the lead registrant for a registered substance - Failure to reach an agreement - Dispute resolution mechanism applied by analogy - Decision granting access to a joint submission - Legal basis - Broad discretion of ECHA - Manifest error of assessment - Obligation to state reasons - Legal certainty
  • ECHA - Call for evidence on possible restriction of lead in shot, bullets and fishing tackle - ECHA/NR/19/34
  • ECHA - New version of EUSES tool helps companies assess biocides - ECHA/NR/19/33

FINANCIAL SERVICES

TAXATION

  • Minutes of the Working Party IV - Direct Taxation of 24 September 2019
  • Agenda for:Code of Conduct Group (Business Taxation) - Subgroups on internal and external issues of 16 October 2019

ENERGY

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Judgment of the Court of 03 October 2019 in Case C-197/18, Wasserleitungsverband Nördliches Burgenland, Robert Prandl, Gemeinde Zillingdorf, in the presence of: Bundesministerium für Nachhaltigkeit und Tourismus
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Environment - Directive 91/676/EEC - Protection of waters against pollution caused by nitrates from agricultural sources - Objective to reduce pollution - Waters affected by pollution - Nitrate content of not more than 50 mg / l - Action programs adopted by the Member States - Rights of individuals to amend such a program - Standing before national authorities and courts

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • EU law does not preclude a host provider such as Facebook from being ordered to remove identical and, in certain circumstances, equivalent comments previously declared to be illegal (See CPR Nº 128/2019 - Judgment in Case C-18/18 Glawischnig-Piesczek )

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Agenda for: 24th Land Transport Security meeting of 15 October 2019
  • Agenda for: EU Rail Passenger Security Platform of 15 October 2019
  • Agenda for: Consultative Forum on EU External Aviation Policy of 08 October 2019
  • New Guidelines for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • EU guidance on the handling of visa applications from residents of Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions - IP/19/5975

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • In loan contracts concluded in Poland and indexed to a foreign currency, unfair terms relating to the difference in exchange rates cannot be replaced by general provisions of Polish civil law (See CPR Nº 129/2019 - Judgment in Case C-260/18 Dziubak 
  • Speech by Luis de Guindos: Key vulnerabilities for euro area financial stability
  • Speech by Luis de Guindos: Improving macroeconomic stabilisation in the euro area
  • August 2019 compared with July 2019 - Industrial producer prices down by 0.5% in euro area - Down by 0.4% in EU28
  • August 2019 compared with July 2019 - Volume of retail trade up by 0.3% in euro area - Up by 0.2% in EU28 

FUTURE OF EUROPE BREXIT

  • The UK government published a policy paper setting out its proposals to the EU for an amended Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland (known as the backstop).
  • Statement by the European Commission following President Jean-Claude Juncker's phone call with Prime Minister Boris Johnson
  • Two borders and three big problems for the UK’s Brexit plans - Customs, consent and trade deals could prove to be headaches for Brussels - Financial Times

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on Hong Kong
  • EU Arctic Forum: Statement by the HR/VP Federica Mogherini, Commissioner Karmenu Vella and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Ann Linde
  • Questions to the High Representative and Vice-President-designate Josep Borrell - see Bruegel Blog