COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9539 — BNP Paribas/Deutsche Bank (global prime finance and electronic equities business assets)) 
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9509 — Warburg Pincus/CDPQ/Allied Universal) Candidate case for simplified procedure 
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9520 — CVC/Robert Bosch Packaging Technology) 
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9600 — Saudi Aramco Development Company/Korea Shipbuilding and Offshore Engineering Company/JV)
  • Belgium - Notification MEDE-C/C-19/0033 : Agrifirm Belgium N.V. / Quartes N.V.
  • CMA refers Bottomline / Experian merger to Phase 2 investigation
  • CMA publishes timetable in Prosafe / Floatel Phase 2 merger investigation
  • CMA further updates timetable in Competition Act investigation into home insurance price comparison website most favoured nation clauses
  • Spain - Telefónica has been fined 1.5 million euros for failing to comply with commitments given in 2015 to secure approval for the telecom operator’s acquisition of DTS.

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Customs Union Working Party of 24 October 2019
  • Communication in accordance with Article 34 (7)(a)(iii) of Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council, on decisions relating to binding information issued by the customs authorities of the Member States concerning the classification of goods in the customs nomenclature
  • Notice to economic operators New round of requests for the suspension of the autonomous Common Customs Tariff duties on certain industrial and agricultural products
  • Council Decision 2019/1748 of 7 October 2019 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Management Sub-Committee established by the Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and Ukraine, of the other part, as regards the modification of Annex V to Chapter 4 of that Agreement
  • WTO - DDG Wolff: I am fundamentally optimistic about future of multilateral trading system

FINANCIAL SERVICES

TAXATION

  • Agenda for: High Level Working Party (Taxation) of 28 October 2019
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Tax Questions (Direct Taxation - CCTB) of 31 October 2019

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • Agenda for: Council of the European Union (Employment & Social Policy) of 24 October 2019
  • Council Recommendation on access to social protection for workers and the self-employed
  • Draft Council conclusions on Inclusive labour markets: Improving employment of those in a weak labour market position
  • The Employment and social situation in Croatia - Study for the EP EMPL Committee

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues
    - Basel Convention of 28 October 2019
    - Int. Chemicals / Synergies of 28 October 2019
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on minimum requirements for water reuse - First trilogue

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Worrying decline of food controls in Europe, new BEUC report reveals

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/1745 of 13 August 2019 supplementing and amending Directive 2014/94/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards recharging points for L-category motor vehicles, shore-side electricity supply for inland waterway vessels, hydrogen supply for road transport and natural gas supply for road and waterborne transport and repealing Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2018/674

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Juncker Plan has made major impact on EU jobs and growth - IP/19/6119 & FactSheet
  • Results of the October 2019 euro area bank lending survey

FUTURE OF EUROPE & BREXIT

  • Speech by President Juncker and Report by President Donald Tusk in the EP Plenary at the debate on the conclusions of the European Council meeting of 17 and 18 October 2019
  • UK Government introduces landmark Withdrawal Agreement Bill to Parliament
  • Research and analysis: European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill: RPC opinion
  • Brexit deal: A guide to the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration
  • Statement from the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster to the House of Commons on Brexit preparedness