COMPETITION

STATE AID

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Aqenda for: UCC Customs Decisions System Project Group of 11-12 December 2019enda for: 
  • Agenda for: 34th Meeting of the Customs Code Committee - Customs Controls and Risk Management of 05 December 2019
  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Deputy Members) of 29 November 2019
  • Draft report containing a motion for a non-legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion of the Agreement between the United States of America and the EU on the Allocation to the United States of a Share in the Tariff Rate Quota for High-Quality Beef referred to in the Revised Memorandum of Understanding Regarding the Importation of Beef from Animals Not Treated with Certain Growth-Promoting Hormones and Increased Duties Applied by the United States to Certain Products of the European Union (2014) - Amendments 1 - 38
  • EP Inta Committee - Motion for a Resolution on the crisis of the WTO Appellate Body -
  • Draft - Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/... amending Annex II to Regulation (EU) No 978/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council applying a scheme of generalised tariff preferences
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1948 of 25 November 2019 initiating an investigation concerning possible circumvention of anti-dumping measures imposed by Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/186 on imports of certain corrosion resistant steels originating in the P. R. of China, and making such imports subject to registration
  • Council Decision (EU) 2019/1941 of 18 November 2019 establishing the position to be taken, on behalf of the European Union, in the EPA Committee set up by the Interim Agreement with a view to an EPA between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the Central Africa Party, of the other part, in connection with the adoption of the list of arbitrators
  • Answer by the Council (Foreign Trade) to a MEP written question - Mercosur ratification process
  • DG Azevêdo: Members have the opportunity to address global plastic pollution at the WTO
  • Members reiterate joint call to launch selection process for Appellate Body members

INTERNAL MARKET, INDUSTRY & GENERAL

  • Agenda for: Council of the EU (Competitiveness (Internal Market, Industry, Research and Space)) of 28 & 29 November 2019
  • Labelling of tyres: Council endorses agreement to make labels more visible

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Agenda for: 1st meeting of the Commission Informal Expert Group High Level Forum on Capital Markets Union of 26 to 28 November 2019
  • Strengthening of the Banking Union - Progress report

TAXATION

  • Code of Conduct Group (Business Taxation) - Council conclusions Adoption - Report to the Council Endorsement (See also Annexes 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 &10)
  • ECOFIN Report to the European Council on tax issues Endorsement

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for :Working Party on International Environment Issues
  • Speech by Commissioner Arias Cañete at the Plenary Session of the European Parliament on 25 November 2019 on the climate and environment emergency and ahead of the COP 25 Climate Change Conference

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Agenda - 85th meeting of the Pharmaceutical Committee of 17 December 2019

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Directive (EU) 2019/1936 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2019 amending Directive 2008/96/EC on road infrastructure safety management
  • According to Advocate General Pikamäe, the employer of lorry drivers employed in the international road transport sector is the transport undertaking which recruited those drivers for an indefinite period, exercises effective control over the drivers and actually bears the wage costs (See CPR Nº 146/2019 - Opinion of the Advocate General in the case C-610/18 AFMB and Others)

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Directive (EU) 2019/1937 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2019 on the protection of persons who report breaches of Union law
  • Advocate General Campos Sánchez-Bordona: the judicial authority which issues a European arrest warrant must be fully independent and must not be subject to hierarchical constraints or to orders or instructions (See CPR Nº 148/2019 - Opinion of the Advocate General in cases C-566/19PPU, C-626/19 PPU,C-625/19 PPU, C-627/19 PPU Parquet général du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg)
  • AG Bobek: when assessing the maximum threshold period imposed by the Framework Decision on the European arrest warrant in order to surrender a requested person without verification of the criterion of double criminality, the relevant law of the issuing Member State is the one actually applicable to the case
    (See CPR Nº147/2019 - Opinion of the Advocate General in the case C-717/18 Procureur-generaal (Mandat d'arrêt européen)

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • EU budget for 2020: Council endorses deal with Parliament - The Council approved the agreement reached with the Parliament on the 2020 EU budget 
  • Speech by Benoît Cœuré: Towards the retail payments of tomorrow: a European strategy
  • Speech by Yves Mersch: From Basel III to European banking regulation
  • Speech by Philip R. Lane: The yield curve and monetary policy
  • Speech by Philip R. Lane: Interview with Sky TG24

FUTURE OF EUROPE & BREXIT

  • The Council adopted a new list of persons whom it proposes for appointment as members of the Commission - see Council Decision (EU) 2019/1949
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1 & Part.2) of 27 November 2019

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Main Results of the Foreign Affairs Council (Development) of 25 November 2019
    • Addressing inequality in partner countries: Council adopts conclusions
    • Humanitarian assistance and international humanitarian law: Council adopts conclusions
    • New person added to the list of sanctions against ISIL (Da'esh) and Al-Qaeda (See Council Implementing Regulation (EU)2019/1943 & Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/1944
    • Implementation of the EU Gender Action Plan II in 2018: Strengthening gender equality and women’s empowerment in EU external action - Council conclusions
  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the recent deterioration of the situation in north-west Syria
  • Africa-Europe Alliance: Denmark provides €10 million for sustainable development under the EU External Investment Plan
  • Statement by HR/VP Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Christos Stylianides following the earthquake in Albania