COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9632 — E.ON/Berliner Stadtwerke/Tegel Energie)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9580 — Permira/Smith&Williamson)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9605 — DAK Americas/Lotte Chemical UK)
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control of Dalkia Investissement by Caisse des dépôts et consignations et EDF (M.9639) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of Avon by Natura (M.9445) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of Celeo Concesiones e Inversiones by APG and Elecnor (M.9627) - Midday Express
  • Romania - The Competition Council authorized the taking over of Reinert Kunststofftechnik SRL by CCBA Verwaltungs Gmbh, Germany

STATE AID

  • Commission Decision (EU) 2019/2140 of 21 October 2019 on State aid SA.52194 - 2019/C (ex 2018/FC) – Slovak Republic - Slovak Retail Turnover Tax
  • Commission approves maritime transport support schemes in Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Poland and Sweden (SA.51809 (Cyprus), SA.52069 (Denmark), SA.53469 (Estonia), SA.46380 (Poland), SA.46740 (Sweden) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves increased public support to promote shift of freight traffic from road to rail in mountainous regions in Austria (SA.55507) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €234 million Polish scheme supporting lower noise reduction of rail freight transport (SA.55443) - Midday Express
  • ESA confirms that the TV 2 agreement for public service broadcasting is in line with state aid rules - PR-19/38
  • Vestager examines EU curbs on state-backed enterprises - Brussels’ competition enforcer says Dutch plan to bolster EU law could be ‘handy’ tool - Financial Times

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: ACP Working Party of 17 December 2019,
  • Minutes of the CLEN meeting of the 2nd Proficiency Test on Textile of 19 November 2019
  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/... of 25.11.2019 amending Annex II to Regulation (EU) No 978/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council applying a scheme of generalised tariff preferences - Delegated act - Intention not to raise objections
  • Council Decision (EU) 2019/2136 of 5 December 2019 authorising the opening of negotiations to amend the International Sugar Agreement 1992
  • Report on the 6th round of negotiations between the EU and Chile for the modernisation of the trade part of the EU Chile association agreement - 25 -29 November 2019
  • Report from the Commission pursuant to Article 278a of the Union Customs Code, on progress in developing the electronic systems provided for under the Code
  • WTO - Agenda for: Dispute Settlement Body of 18 December 2019 -
  • A more assertive Europe stands up for its interests - The EU is preparing to push back against unfair foreign competition - Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET, INDUSTRY & GENERAL

FINANCIAL SERVICES

TAXATION

  • Final draft - Council Directive laying down the general arrangements for excise duty (recast)
  • Final draft - Council Regulation amending Regulation (EU) No 389/2012 on administrative cooperation in the field of excise duties as regards the content of electronic registers

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

ENERGY

  • Nuclear power toxifies EU sustainable finance debate - EU28 ambassadors meet on Monday morning to see if they can come up with a compromise that can keep all sides happy - Financial Times

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Environment Council of 19 December 2019
    • Outcome of the 39th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention) (Strasbourg, 3-6 December 2019) - Report by the Presidency and the Commission
    • Draft Council conclusions on the preparation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) -Adoption
    • EU Action to Protect and Restore the World’s Forests - Information from the German delegation
  • Closing statement by the Finnish Presidency and the European Commission on behalf of the EU and its Member States at COP25

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Draft - Commission Regulation (EU) …/… of XXX amending Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the use of sorbic acid (E 200) in liquid colour preparations for the decorative colouring of egg shells & Annex
    Draft - Commission Regulation (EU) …/… of XXX amending Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the use of
    - polyglycerol polyricinoleate (E 476) in liquid vegetable oil emulsions & Annex
    - citric acid (E 330) in cocoa and chocolate products & Annex
    - polysorbates (E 432-436) in carbonated beverages & Annex
    - soybean hemicellulose (E 426) & Annex
  • Minutes: Meeting of the PAFF Committee, Section 'Phytopharmaceuticals – Pesticide Residues' of 25-26 November 2019
  • Minutes: Meeting of the SC on Biocidal Products of 22 November 2019

DIGITAL SINGLE MAREKET  & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Captains of Telecom Industry met with Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager in charge of ‘A Europe fit for the Digital Age’ - see ECTA Statement

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY 

  • Cohesion Policy: EU invests in sustainable transport in Czechia - Midday Express
  • Agenda for: Commission expert group on the technical pillar of the 4th Railway Package of 08 January 2020

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

FUTURE OF EUROPE & BREXIT

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1 & Part.2) of 18 December 2019
  • Main Results of the Special European Council (Art. 50) meeting (13 December 2019) – Conclusions
  • Remarks by President Charles Michel after the European Council meetings on 13 December 2019
  • Britain promises EU trade deal by end of 2020 - Michael Gove insists talks ‘will be concluded next year’ despite Brussels’ warnings - Financial Times
  • The EU must rethink its approach to UK trade talks - Brussels was wrong to treat Brexit as a threat, rather than grasping it as an opportunity - Financial Times
  • Johnson win sparks fund industry debate over post-Brexit regulation - Trade body and executives differ over future economic ties with Europe - Financial Times
  • Painful Brexit is a lesson to EU members: Don’t try this at home - Wall Street Journal
  • After Brexit, fractured EU faces new challenges - Wall Street Journal

EXTERNAL RELATIONS