COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9621 — Suez/Itochu/SFC/EDCO)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9693 — Liberty/Aleris Divestment Business)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9636 — American Securities/Lindsay Goldberg/AECOM Management Services)
  • Commission clears acquisition of Blue Group by Apollo Capital Management (M.9671) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of BRT by GeoPost (M.9618) - Midday Express
  • France - Competition Authority autorises Casino to acquire sole control of 198 food-retail outlets 
  • Romania - The Competition Council authorized the transaction by which CCBA Verwaltungs GmbH, Germany takes over the company Reinert Kunststofftechnik SRL.
  • United States - FTC weighs move against Facebook over How Its Apps interact - Wall Street Journal

STATE AID

  • Opinion of advocate General Saugmandsgaard ØE of 12 December 2019, Case C‑627/18, Nelson Antunes da Cunha, Lda Vs. Instituto de Financiamento da Agricultura e Pescas IP (IFAP)
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Recovery of unlawful aid - Limitation period for recovery - Limitation period of 10 years - Interest - Limitation period of a lesser duration provided for in national legislation - Legal certainty - Regulation (EU) 2015/1589 - Article 17(1) - Article 16(2) - Article 16(3) - Principle of effectiveness
  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU - Cases where the Commission raises no objections
  • State Aid Weekly e-News - No.42/19 - Covers from 06 to 12 December 2019

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Trade Questions of 18 December 2019
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Customs Union of 18 December 2019
  • Minutes of the GSP Expert Group of 02 December 2019
  • Commission sanctions Chinese tableware exporters evading EU anti-dumping duties
  • Trade Defence Statistics (Anti-dumping, Anti-Subsidy & Safeguards) covering the first 9 months of 2019
  • Council Regulation amending Regulation (EU) No 1388/2013 opening and providing for the management of autonomous tariff quotas of the Union for certain agricultural and industrial products - Adoption
  • Council Regulation amending Regulation (EU) No 1387/2013 suspending the autonomous Common Customs tariff duties of the Union for certain agricultural and industrial products - Adoption
  • Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union 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 - Adoption
  • WTO - DG Azevêdo welcomes progress in investment facilitation discussions
  • Donald Trump: Tory victory opens door to ‘massive’ UK-US trade deal - Politico.eu

INTERNAL MARKET, INDUSTRY & GENERAL

  • Conclusions on four active substances and two applications for Union authorisation - ECHA/NR/19/46

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESMA consults on procedural rules to impose penalties on supervised entities
  • ESMA has published its second annual report on the application of accepted market practices (AMPs) in accordance with the Market Abuse Regulation (MAR).
  • SMSG response to ESMA’s Consultation Paper on MAR review report
  • SoC ESMA Board of Supervisors Conference call November 2019
  • ESMA publishes responses received to its FRANDT consultation
  • ESMA reports on NCAs’ issuance of sanctions and administrative measures under MAR

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Agenda for: Agriculture and Fisheries Council of 16-17 December 2019 - See the list of A Items
  • Commission notifies the Republic of Panama over the need to step up action to fight against illegal fishing
  • Report from the Commission on the implementation and impact of voluntary labelling provisions under Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000 as amended by Regulation (EU) No 653/2014
  • What does it take for farmers to be ‘Green Deal ready’? - See Copa-Cogeca Statement

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context: Eighth Meeting of the Working Group on Environmental Impact Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment (WG 8 on EIA and SEA) (Geneva, 26–28 November 2019) - Statements by the EU and its Member States
  • EU pledges to cut Greenhouse-Gas Emissions to net-zero by 2050 - In a sign of the challenges ahead, Poland refuses to implement the climate plan before June - Wall Street Journal
  • Poland resists EU carbon-neutral ambition - Warsaw demands extra aid as condition for agreeing net-zero emissions targets - Financial Times
  • Europe leads the world with its climate mission - The European Commission’s green deal is vastly ambitious but necessary - Financial Times
  • Green Deal an important opportunity to seize European climate leadership - See Eurofer Statement
  • European ethanol is ready to drive the EU Green Deal - See Epure Statement

ENERGY

  • Judgment of the Court of 12 December 2019 in Case C‑376/18, Slovenské elektrárne a.s. Vs. Úrad pre vybrané hospodárske subjekty, formerly Daňový úrad pre vybrané daňové subjekty
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Admissibility - Common rules for the internal market in electricity - Directive 2009/72/EC - Scope - Article 3 - Objectives - Principle of non- discrimination - Special levy on the revenue of entities that are holders of an authorisation to carry on activity in regulated sectors - Electricity sector
  • Germany hits back at US pipeline sanction threat - Nord Stream 2 project should not face ‘intervention from abroad’ - Financial Times

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCY SAFETY

  • Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report - Report 50 ( Published on: 13/12/2019)

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Public consultation on the draft BEREC Report on Member States’ best practices to support the defining of adequate broadband internet access service
  • Public consultation for BEREC guidelines on how to assess the effectiveness of public warning systems transmitted by different means
  • BEREC publishes preliminary report on the harmonised collection of data from both Authorised Undertakings and OTT operators
  • Digital platforms and security issues especially in relation to 5G networks - BEREC presents the Work Programme for 2020

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

FUTURE OF EUROPE & BREXIT

  • The European Council adopted conclusions on climate change, the MFF, the Conference on the Future of Europe, EU relations with Africa, the WTO, Turkey and Albania - See Remarks by President Louis Michel
  • EU leaders acknowledge Brexit now inevitable - EU27 leaders are already strategizing how to get what they want in the next phase of the Brexit talks - Politico.eu

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • EU report: Implementation of reforms continues to bring EU and Ukraine closer together
  • High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell to chair the 14th Asia-Europe Meeting ministerial in Madrid